Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A beautiful letter!

Dear Ladies of the Red Hat Society:

My name is Lisa and I recently participated in the Disneyland Tinker bell Half Marathon.  I wanted to send you a note of appreciation for your support of the runners.  And while I can’t speak for all the runners, I wanted you to know that this runner looks forward to seeing you all every year.

The first year of the Tinkerbell Half Marathon, I was a spectator just like you.  A friend of mine was running it and I showed up to give her encouragement and cheer her on.  That’s the first time I saw you girls camped out by the Disneyland Hotel.  The enthusiasm you showed was so contagious! That year I decided I would work on being able to run 13.1 miles so that I could run the half marathon myself the following year.  Little did I know how popular this half marathon was and I missed out on registering for the 2013 race. I learned quickly and was able to register and get into the 2014 half.  I wondered if I would see the “Red [and Pink] Hat girls” again.  As I ran through Downtown Disney, I started to look for you all.  To my excitement there you all were!  Right in front of the Disneyland Hotel like before! I got so excited and I started to cheer seeing you all there!  I got high fives all the way down the street and was so exhausted by the time I was done; you girls wore me out!

This year was even better.  I could hear you girls cheering even before I got to you!  And I was so very happy to see you all there in even greater numbers than last year.  There were so many of you!  I again got high fives all the way down and the encouragement was such a boost!  My husband met me at mile 6 this year and he had gotten pictures of you all camped out cheering us on.

Whenever I run there’s always this little voice in the back of my head telling me that I can’t do it or I should stop.  When I see people like you cheering for me, a stranger, it helps me beat that little voice down and listen to all of you telling me that I can do it and I can keep going, that I can make it.  Encouragement along the route, to me, means more than encouragement at the start or finish line.  There is so much encouragement at those points but the middle part of the run can be long and lonely if no one is there.  And I’m glad that you girls are there in the middle part.

Again, I can’t speak for all the runners but this runner thinks that you girls are amazing and are one of the highlights of the run.  Thank you for being there and cheering us on.  You may not hear it from all of us out there but I wanted you to know how much I appreciated you all being there.  When I talk to people about how the run was I tell them about seeing Tinkerbell, running through Disneyland, and the Red Hat Society.

Hope to see you next year! Thanks again! 

Thank you Lisa for appreciating us!  We love what we do!

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