It is impossible to wrap one’s mind around that which is unthinkable. This past Saturday, the unthinkable occurred at the Tree of Life Synagogue. Those of us who are members of the Jewish Community, and those who are not have joined together in an unprecedented resolve to condemn hate and intolerance, and begin the process of healing. A thoughtful message sent to me from a Fleet Feet Associate in our Orlando store said “We never hope to see a day as your community has just lived through, but, in the face of darkness, it is really comforting to know that this does not represent who we are. We are a strength, we are love, we are people who want to see each other succeed." Kia Thomas speaks from experience having endured the horror of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando two years ago.
Over the past several days I have received dozens of emails, texts, phone calls and messages from running industry leaders, vendors, store owners, Fleet Feet, Inc. employees and so many of you wanting to support our community as it goes through the healing process. To that end, this year’s 8th Annual Holiday Light’s Run will be dedicated to helping the families of the victims of this unspeakable horror. As in past years, we will have the ability to raise literally thousands of dollars through our community partner and vendor auctions. Details of the event will be forthcoming, but please know to save the date Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM.
This will be a very special night for the Jewish Community, the Running Community and the Pittsburgh Community at large. I have always found the running community to shine in the face of adversity. Let us set a standard of kindness, love, tolerance and acceptance, and let us once again shine as we join together to help the victims of this unspeakable act.