Saturday, April 23, 2016

Home Run

Today shall be a simply glorious mid-Spring Saturday morning in our little Paradise by the Sea.  This morning at 10 o'clock the 12th annual Lake Como 5K shall step off from Bar Anticipation.  It is a race that honors the memory of Lake Como resident Grania Maggio, who was struck by a car and killed on July 2, 2005 by a hit-and-run driver after leaving a Dave Matthews Band concert in upstate New York. 

It is also a race that benefits good people near and far. Proceeds from the event are used for the Wishing Tree of Lake Como at Christmas, which is a really neat tradition in which Margaret and I were able to take part last year for the first time.   Proceeds for the event are also used to support the Grania Maggio Study Abroad Scholarship Fund.  Ms. Maggio, who was thirty-three years young when she died, graduated from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science.  Her vocation was physical therapy.  Her avocation was running.  She was a Jersey Shore Running Club member who had completed the Dublin Marathon in Ireland and who was training to run in the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon with her sister Maire at the time of her death.  

The Scholarship Fund that bears her name honors a woman who helped others through her work as a physical therapist as well as through the time she donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.  This morning's event is a great one for a great cause.  So, if you are in or near Lake Como this morning as you read this, throw on your running shoes and head to Bar A.  Grania Maggio dedicated her whole life to helping others.  This morning, you can pay her good works forward in less than thirty minutes and for the incredible, low price of $25.00. 

I am happy to save you a spot at the starting line pre-race and to save you a spot at Bar A post-race. Simply follow the signs and you will not be able to miss it. 


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