EARNED RUNS HONOR SERIES 2017 PART II: 7K PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
The first event of the two-part series, explained on the HOME page, is the "11k Race to Remember 9/11". This past September represented the third year (2015 was the inaugural year of the Series) in which the anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack was memorialized by Earned Runs with an 11K run.
7K Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is the series second event, completed several months later on December 7th. It commemorates the Japanese attack on the US Naval base in Hawaii in 1941 that brought the nation into World War II. The two days of remembrance, 9/11 and 12/7, might not be linked in the minds of the public, but represent days on which unexpected attacks were made on the United States. In the case of Pearl Harbor, many persons serving in the US Armed Forces were killed or injured. On 9/11 civilians and rescue workers were predominantly effected.
Remembering the losses incurred and sacrifices made in these two instances causes us to reflect that all of life’s events cannot be anticipated. On each anniversary, it seems appropriate to acknowledge the actions of others from which we have benefitted. And hope we will respond with courage and strength when needed.
My parents’ generation experienced an immense disruption on December 7, 1941. The futures they had dreamed of the night before were not to be. My children’s futures were similarly altered on that 11th September day in 2001. Their generation, of Millennials, is said to have been defined by it. Thus, Earned Runs ‘remembers’ these two events.
DECEMBER 7, 2017: The morning was very snowy, the road icy, and wind very brisk. It was the first day of Winter Storm Benji. I decided to walk the distance in a knee-length down coat, leather mittens, and knit hat. This apparel would have been difficult to run in, but made getting out in the weather, after a bout with influenza the week before, much more comfortable. Next time the outdoor conditions are this fierce I will wear warm boots instead of running shoes. My phone shut down in the cold, so pictures weren't taken in the early morning. Later in the day when the snow stopped I snapped a quick pic to record the day's event.
The advantage of using EARNED RUNS bibs, is that you can design walks or runs that are meaningful to you alone or a much greater number of people regardless of everyone's location. In this instance I am able, 'in spirit', to join with the entire country in honoring the heroes of those days without traveling to New York City, Washington DC, or Pennsylvania in September, or in Oahu HI in December. And in solitude, personally remember loved ones and past events.
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EARNED RUNS is edited and authored by me, runner and founder. I began participating in road races before 5Ks were common. I've been a dietitian, practiced and taught clinical pathology, and been involved with research that utilized pathology. I am fascinated with understanding the origins of disease as well as health.
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