How I Met Olympic Runners (attending the G.O. H.A.R.D. Group Run)

Yesterday, a friend and I were able to attend a group run event at our local Fit Right Northwest store.  The activity was for G.O. H.A.R.D. (Globally Organized Hug A Runner Day) Organized by Adam Goucher and Tim Catalano (check out Run the Edge for more details and to learn more about these guys).

On the Facebook event page, it states:
“Every runner deserves a hug.  A real hug.  The kind of hug that says, ‘Even if I don’t understand why you do it, I appreciate and recognize your effort.’ ”  

While I did not realize until a couple of days before the run that there would be literal hugging and bead exchanging (and I needed to register), I knew I wanted to go to this event.  I replied to the Facebook invite very shortly after the event was created because I saw that Kara Goucher would be there, and  I immediately invited my good friend who sets out each run with the hope of running into Kara.  (Now was our chance!!)

So we went.  And with close to 200 runners in attendance, it was awesome!

Proper hugging technique demonstrations
Meeting Kara Goucher!
Meeting Adam Goucher!
The store packed with runners (and huggers)

It was quite the evening.  Besides meeting Kara and Adam Goucher (American Olympians), we saw KGW NewsChannel 8 celebrity, Brenda Braxton, out for the evening to enjoy the community run.  I even had the pleasure of exchanging a bead with her (and a hug!).

The evening was a success, and a blast.  I look forward to next year’s G.O. H.A.R.D event, and hope that even more of the community (come on out!) will join to celebrate and support each other in this habit in which we all find so much joy, the pursuit of running.

with joy,