Tom Everson ~ Live Forward! Run to Remember
August 21-22 marks 14 years of taking on America’s Mountain by our Live Forward! running team. We run to remember and celebrate the lives of loved ones who died in traffic incidents. Many of their family members join us, some as runners, and a good number as cheer leaders, gathering in a beautiful space to share stories and make memories. The weekend is a literal "Rocky Mountain Range of Emotions" - from tears to laughter and just about every emotion in between.
The allure of Pikes Peak entices return trips. In doing so, the Mountain has become a metaphor for us all. We each strive for the Peak. The trail is long, winding in unforeseen ways, blocking our path with rocks and tree roots, and sometimes boulders. Our Live Forward! families and runners know this well. Yet, eventually we begin to break from those thoughts and experiences that beg us to stop climbing, to just head back down where it is comfortable. But the summit beckons, the spirit moves us, and eventually we arrive – at whatever pace– to our destination. We accept a calling to discover more about ourselves along with loved ones and all our fellow trekkers on the trail. The Mountain reminds us of our connectedness in both suffering and celebration.
As one of our runners, Beth Norris, Nate’s mom shares, the trek is a healing experience.
"The best part of the Keep Kids Alive Drive 25 Live Forward weekend at Pikes Peak is being with all the other families who have lost a loved one in a traffic incident. We all get each other and it's the only place where we are the normal in the room. To bring other families in to that weekend, to experience that weekend and the fellowship of all the families and runners is priceless. It's a healing experience that no medical professional can provide.”
We look forward to year 14 on the mountain, and hope that you find yourself living forward with each step you take towards the summit, and perhaps back down again.
We welcome new runners for our team, as well as families to join us to celebrate their loved ones. More info @ [email protected]
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