Who knew so many people love to run? Hundreds of people turned out to support the Red Cross Thursday night for the annual Twilight run. This year’s event featured two changes from previous years: Sonnenberg Gardens played host for the first time, and organizers added a 10k for those long distance-loving runners in addition to the traditional 5k.
The race and post-race party turned out to be a roaring success. It included several different vendors, a live band, food the Red Cross kitchen staff provided and drinks generously donated for the event. All of this happened on the historic grounds of Sonnenberg.
I myself did participate in the 5k. The route was well laid out and it took us through Sonnenberg to the VA hospital grounds (which are very beautiful as well) and some of the gorgeous neighborhoods in the City of Canandaigua. The weather was almost perfect, even if it was a touch humid, and although earlier in the day some dark clouds loomed, Mother Nature even appeared to smile down on the event.
The people who attended seemed to have lots of fun from, the very small to the very tall. Friendly faces and happy people abound in a place which holds its own kind of heavenly appeal. So many came out to not only run in support of the American Red Cross, but also came to celebrate the runners at the after party. All of these people-from the attendees to the numerous volunteers to the staff-helped raise more than $15,000 for disaster relief.
Thank you to all who attended the event and congratulations to the winners in the various categories. We couldn’t have done it without you and as always appreciate your support for this fun and family-friendly event!
-Veronica R. Chiesi Brown
Western New York/Finger Lakes Region