With UNICEF Communication Specialist Marge Francia

With UNICEF Communication Specialist Marge Francia

One of the things I like about joining races is sometimes, in my own little way, I can be a part of a worthy cause.  Like the Microsoft IE 8 Run, held on May 31 at the Fort.  It was held on the same day as the Earth Run so some of my friends weren’t quite sure which one to join.  Both causes are great but I chose the former as proceeds of the IE 8 Run would go to the Child Protection Program of the UNICEF.  The affair is part of the ten-day awareness campaign on child pornography.

With good friend Grace, the only one who dared to join the race with me on a rainy weekend

With good friend Grace, the only one who dared to join the race with me on a rainy weekend

Some runners, including four of my friends, did not show up due to the inclement weather.  I had a hunch that the rain would let up and it did!  I was enjoying running in the drizzle and when it completely stopped, it was a nice, cool run. 

I was just a little disappointed with the race organizers because I only saw one road marker (at the turn-around point) and the course was actually longer than the one on the map they distributed with the race pack (the map showed a U-turn at or near the post office but the ACTUAL turn around was at the railroad crossing near the super highway!)

The map.  This was where we turned around...

The map. This was where we turned around...

 I didn’t have enough training leading up to the 8 mile (12.8 K) run so I was happy with my 1:06:45 finish (click here for the official results).  There were no certificates nor freebies but to have been able to be part of something significant is worth more than anything!  So kudos to Microsoft and let’s support the Anti Child Pornography Bill!

UNICEF Child Protection Chief Natalie McCauley rallying the finishers to ask their congressmen to support the Anti-Child Pornography Bill

UNICEF Child Protection Chief Natalie McCauley rallying the finishers to ask their congressmen to support the Anti Child Pornography Bill

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