Editorial: Wet runners, walkers deserve our appreciation

Published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 06:41 PM.

We can’t help but admire all those who participated in the sixth annual St. Jude Run/Walk fundraiser Saturday at Walter B. Jones Park in Havelock.

We admire anyone who can run a mile, or a 5- or 10-kilometer race. It’s not easy.

We admire them for fighting for a cause. Cancer affects far too many children, and the St. Jude Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., is considered among the world’s top treatment and research hospitals for children with cancer.

And on top of all that, we admire them for going out in what was truly a Carolina deluge of rain and associated wind and cold temperatures to run the race.

The one thing that runners and walkers told us over and over again was that they would not let something like rain get in the way of the effort to raise money to support the hospital that they said saves lives.

“It’s great to see when people come together for a purpose,” a soaking wet Sean Gorman told us after his run. “It’s nice to see. Even though we’re all just running together in this terrible weather, we’re trying to achieve something greater. We’re trying to fight against cancer. It’s great to see everyone come together for that cause.”

Ed Taylor and his 12-year-old daughter Maris, bundled in rain gear for the run, said they were not about to miss the race because of some rain.

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