The weather was probably in the low 40's and expected to drop to the low 30's through out the night. Our good friend Tom (@tmcjr412) came in clutch early stopping by with a pop up tent. He and his wife even jumped on the track for an hour. As it got colder in the night we had to wrap tarps around the pop up tent to make it warmer inside for Amanda who took it upon herself to stay all night and collect donations from anyone who stopped by. I planned for people to come early in the night and early on Sunday. I figured who would want to come out in the dark, cold night when they could be at home in bed. I was completely wrong. Thanks to our friend Don (@donniebrunnin) who came by after and walked 6 miles with us. Oh and let me point out he was in a walking boot since he broke his foot while training for the Columbus Marathon. After he left our friend Scott showed up. He was coming from a Halloween party so we were not at all surprised to see him dressed up as He-Man. If your an 80's child you know exactly who that is. Scott walked a few laps before heading out. As he was heading out at 1:30 am our friend Shay showed up and stayed for 2 hours. He did an hour with Chris and a hour with me before leaving. From 3:30 am until 6:00 am was the only time that no one was there. Chris did an hour while I slept in my car and then I took the next hour and a half while Chris slept. As Chris started his next hour shift he got one lap in before our friend Anna showed up to relieve us for an hour. From that point on though people showed up until the very end. Tom showed back up early in the morning and stayed most of the day taking laps whenever he could. At one point we had at least 5 different groups of people walking or running on the track. It was awesome to see all of our friends show up and donate. Most of them didn't show up empty handed either. 4 boxes and 4 XL cups of coffee, 2 XL hot chocolates, donuts, cupcakes, candy, and pizza were just a few things brought. Even though there were so many people that came and donated and offered to run Chris and I never wanted to just over the track. Chris ended up running and walking 20 miles while I logged 35. There was around 140 collaborative miles logged from everyone who showed up. I am still amazed of all the support we got on the track and from people who donated through the fundraising page. I don't have a total yet of the amount, but I can tell you we did a great job.
Chris and I started together and we finished together at 4:00 pm today. We decided to stick to the 24 hour theme and not go until 5. We already have some great idea's for next year and hope everyone will come show support. It would be to long for me to list and thank everyone who helped, but I want you to know how much Chris and I appreciate your support. Some people went really helped out a lot and I would like to thank them.
Amanda Byrne- She was the backbone of the operation today, and stayed through the whole thing.
Don Nehez- 6 miles in a walking boot.
Shay Kelly- 10 miles with us and showed up twice and brought coffee.
Kevin Doyle- Donated twice and showed up in a walking boot to show support even if he couldn't run
Mike Doyle- Showed up 3 times and brought us coffee, or hot chocolate every time
Charlie and Anna Dillon- both ran an hour and brought pizza's and coffee
Tom Mcquade- he was basically our 3rd person and he and his wife ran twice
Chris Smith- without him I wouldn't of been able to do this, he is a beginner runner and still logged 20 miles and worked his ass off.
There are so many others I can name from Alyssa Smith to Val and Aaron Long who took laps and brought stuff. Or Justin Reardon who was our comic relief for most of the day. I could basically name every person who came today, everyone was amazing.
THANK YOU ALL.
One cool thing that also happened during the run was we met some people who told us about a half marathon run this group does throughout or neighborhoods. It's free and they do it a few times a year. It was nice to meet them and a few of us plan on running with them.