Running for a Cause!

Runners take your MARK! Go!

As the horn sounded early on April 26th, over 800 racers took off on their way through a very hilly 5K benefiting the Mommy’s Light Organization. The weather was beautiful and the music blared at the starting line. What on earth was this running about?

Mommy’s Light is an incredible organization with a special mission: to bring joy and comfort to children and teens who have lost their mothers, by helping them keep alive traditions and simple pleasures they shared with their mothers. To support young people in adapting to their mothers’ illnesses or deaths, Mommy’s Light’s key initiatives include: (1) free Tradition Fulfillment Services to eligible children and teens; and (2) the development and distribution of education and outreach materials targeting grieving children and the adults who are likely to interact with them.

With headquarters near our Graco office, this was the perfect event for us to sponsor, right here in our own community.

Prepping for the race was the talk of the office leading up to this day….ok, well maybe it was more like just me panicking about not being able to finish and humiliating myself in front of my coworkers. Surprisingly, not the case! By some miracle I was propelled up the last hill of the course pumping my arms on my way to the finish. I will not reveal my time, as many of you reading this could probably walk faster, but I finished none the less! I was indeed amazed at all of the Moms sprinting past me with joggers- SO inspiring!

We do, however, have some amazing athletes here at Graco! A special congrats to the following people who won medals in their age categories:

• Tom Pollack-Silver (Engineering)
• Erin Varano-Silver (Marketing)
• Josh Jacobs-Bronze (Finance)

It wasn’t just Graco employees running the race. Some of the most intense competition occurred on the hills of the playgrounds.

Three year old Jagger was prepping for his moment. “Eat my dust,” he said as he happily greeted PP. (Lindsay taught him that) Good thing they weren’t in the same age group!

The toddler trot drew big crowds, and for good reason- we had a Graco child in almost every age category! All of the children were winners, sporting their medals proudly.

The event also consisted of a Graco Stroller Walk and I Mile Fun Run. We also had a Graco tent raffling off lots of great products! It was a fun event and raised over $47,000! Thank you to Mommy’s Light for giving us the opportunity to support such a great cause, but more importantly, for helping so many children keep alive the cherished memories and traditions of their own mothers.

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