The 7th Annual Beast on the Bay

It is hard to believe that it has been six days since the Beast!

Ryan and his friend Logan finished in about 2 hours and 45 minutes. I was watching for them as they ran up the hill to Waldameer…the runners looked EXHAUSTED!

In past years, Ryan was still running as he came up the hill. However, this year, he and Logan were walking up with tired looks on their faces. So, I cheered them on and they ran to the wave pool and then on through the finish line. He immediately grabbed a bottle of water and an apple.

His first words were: “It definitely was harder this year. Running on the sand was really tough.” He was ready to take off, get home for his shower and go out to lunch. Of course, the wave pool and the lunch out were his two major reinforcers for doing the Beast.

Some of my take aways included:

  • Everyone from both the adaptive and full course had a contagious enthusiasm from the starting line.
  • Many, many more walkers took part this year. They told me that they wanted to support the Barber National Institute and persons with disabilities.
  • Diverse demographics were represented, of young and old and all levels of fitness.
  • Whether they were part of a team or by themselves, everyone was there to assist their fellow runners as they climbed the 30+ obstacles. It was one for all and all for one.
  • Participants on the adaptive course were thrilled to compete and were so proud and joyful to receive their medals. Many of them are still wearing the medals today at work.

The Beast is a labor-intensive event with over 400 volunteers and thousands of man/woman hours involved in the planning, organizing and constructing the course. Is it worth all that effort? I would say without a doubt, YES.

The community comes together for an event which raises awareness of persons with disabilities and their integral role in the community. It is a fund raiser, but most importantly a friend raiser. If you could see the happiness in the eyes of the participants as they complete the adaptive course, I think that you would agree with me.

It’s not too early to sign up for the 2020 Beast on the Bay. Ryan has, why not join his team?

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