It was a banner year for the Arlington Thrive Resolve to Run program. Arlington Thrive supporters braved the cold, snowy weather to run for their neighbors in need. Both personal and fundraising records were broken. Through personal fundraising efforts, runners raised more than $14,500 — a 20% increase over this year’s goal! Jill Barker, John Underwood and Toby Haggerty were the top fundraisers this year.
Coach Denny Pinch directed the ten mile group again this year, while newcomer Jeffery Myers, assisted the 5K runners. This year, 42 runners signed up for the training program and 31 ran the George Washington Parkway Classic 10 miler and 5K races on April 26. Last year, 38 participated in the program and 25 ran the race. Arlington Thrive’s 10 mile team finished 15th out of 38 teams. John Pulley was the first on our team to cross the finish line. John Underwood placed an impressive third in his age group. Last year, he finished fourth in his age group. Again this year, the racers wore bibs with Thrive’s logo and the message, “I am running for my Arlington neighbors in need.”