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Run For The Dream
A Race with true American spirit
On the 1st-2nd June 2013, the historic streets of Williamsburg will be packed with runners and spectators alike for the third annual ‘Run for the Dream’ foot race, which supports some excellent local causes. As well as the main half marathon on Sunday 2nd, the event will also include two other road races on Saturday 1st. There will be an 8K run/walk tailored more towards beginners as well as a Kids Fun Run for ages 14 and under. Ambitious runners can also qualify for the Patriots Challenge by competing in both the 8K and the half marathon. This impressive combination of endurance captures the true patriotic spirit of Williamsburg and the determination our forefathers displayed in their victorious struggle for independence. It also makes for a fantastic day out with your family.
Both the 8K and the half marathon start at Jamestown Road. Runners then head through the historic streets of Colonial Williamsburg, past important cultural landmarks and along the James River, before finally approaching the finish line at the Zable Stadium on the College of William and Mary campus. It’s one of the most scenic foot races in the country and with a whole weekend of celebrations to enjoy, one of the most rewarding.
Fun for the whole family
The celebrations are almost as famous as the races themselves, with visitors enjoying a range of family friendly BBQs and themed colonial entertainment. On Saturday June 1st at 8pm there will be a special Salute to the Nation, a one night only spectacular with live music, military tattoos, a torch-lit parade and breathtaking fireworks. It’s always fun to have a picnic as the festivities unfold, before paying respect to all those who serve our country, past and present.
This year, the race organizers have promised an even better expo for visitors, which will be held at the Williamsburg Woodlands Conference Center. The expo is always free and open to the public. One of the main incentives for participating is that the first 3,000 people to register for the 8K race, the half marathon or the Patriots Challenge will receive a free pass to Busch Gardens to be used during the race weekend, with a discount code for friends and family who have come to support them. Plus, the first 6,000 who register for any of the races (Kids Fun Run included) get a free pass to Colonial Williamsburg, the living museum that takes you back in time to the days of our forefathers.
Lots of ways to take part
It’s undeniably a fun experience, but tackling both races in the Patriots Challenge is not for the faint hearted. Indeed, anyone thinking of signing up for the half marathon or the 8K races this year should be aware that high temperatures are always expected at this time of year. For those who want to get involved, but don’t want to participate in the actual races, there are lots of ways to help the community and assist with organizing the weekend’s activities. Volunteers are always needed to provide medical assistance to help the runners and to man the water stations. The heat and humidity can be a huge challenge for those running with breathing problems but a friendly face providing a drink, a rest and some assistance can get them back on their feet in no time. It’s the volunteers that really make a difference and create the unmistakable spirit of the event.
The races support two wonderful causes which are closely aligned with the history and values that the town stands for. The first charity, An Achievable Dream, is an organization that works with local schools under the belief that all children deserve a good education and a chance to succeed in life, whatever their socioeconomic background. The races’ other cause, Wounded Warriors, is a program dedicated to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq who became disabled due to the conflict. The program provides training, support and equipment and encourages veterans and the disabled to participate in running events as a form of rehabilitation. This is just a brief overview of the amazing work that these charities do and the causes supported by the race.
We look forward to seeing you there on 1st-2nd June 2013.