We noticed a couple of drops of rain on the baby carriages as they passed us but that didn’t dampen our spirits. At about the one-mile mark, most of our blood had left our brains and was frantically trying to provide oxygen to the muscles in our legs. So the sleet or snow that fell on us as we left Caldwell Street and started down Riverside Drive seemed kind of nice.
We sped up about that time to walk with Merle Summers, a longtime friend. He made some comments about the people along the way that had their radios out on their front lawns to provide music to the “runners.” I hadn’t noticed. I was concentrating on breathing.
About the two-mile mark an official said we were walking at a 17-minute mile pace. And about that time, I got caught up in the enthusiasm of the other participants. It is a lesson I should have learned in grade school about peer pressure. I’m not sure who suggested it, but Merle and I decided to run from 15th Street to the finish. Betty said she would have no part in that.
So, at 15th Street, Merle and I started running. Shortly before 11th Street, we both stopped running. About two blocks later, Betty caught up with us. And then we all caught up with Kellie Blue. She was pushing her son in a baby carriage and stopped to make some adjustments. Unfortunately some of my friends saw me running. I will never live it down.
It was an outstanding event. The music and chili were excellent and I’m sure the one on March 7 will be just as much fun. Consider entering the run/walk. It is only a little over three miles. If that doesn’t appeal to you, I understand. But there is also the Bud Light Chili Cook-off.
This is an event to invite friends and family who live outside Robeson County to attend. It is an example of why Betty and I enjoy living here.
A while back, Luckey Welsh and I were at a Kiwanis meeting. He asked me if the library would be interested in working with the medical center to open a medical library for the public. He presented a proposal to the Hospital Foundation and before long the Community Health Education Center was opened at Biggs Park Mall.
For the last 10 years, the Community Health Education Center has offered free health information to the public. We would like you to join us at Biggs Park Mall on March 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. to help us celebrate our anniversary.
Gerald Tyner came by the library last week and made a contribution to the Spanish-American War Memorial fund. We just about have enough money to purchase the monument. If you want to help, I only have this week to raise the rest of what we need.
— Bob Fisher is the director of the Robeson County Public Library. He can be reached at email@example.com.