The weather was cool and cloudy with no wind and perfect for the runners. The rest of the volunteers and walkers just bundled up. The event was held on the Briarwood Golf Club course, which was beautiful. It was an early morning for all, but everyone that registered came and walked or ran beginning at 9am. We managed to get most of the participants in a group photo. Ankeny Centennial High School's Circle of Friends (think Best Buddies) came out in force (20) and cheered on the runners and 2 of their classmates, one with Fragile X that walked the 1 mile with his parents and another in a wheelchair that was pushed as her classmate ran the 5 mile course. We had home made protein balls, granola bars and water for everyone including the volunteers. The club had breakfast and chicken salad sandwiches for sale along with drinks. We had 4 families with Fragile X Syndrome and their extended families participate in the event.
Jeff Sexton, Fragile X parent, was instrumental in hosting this event. He is a member of the Briarwood Golf Club and engaged many of the members to be involved through sponsorship, participation and volunteering. His extended family was in attendance as well as his son's teacher and aide from school. Angie Bacon, Fragile X parent, also was supported by her extended family members who all participated in the walk. In addition, Ken, Nancy and Derek Carlson and Tim, Chris and Cole Quinlin, both Fragile X families participated.
We raised $8,875.55 in this first time branded event! The funds are split with the National Fragile X Foundation after expenses are factored. Jeff is already planning his X Strides for 2019. Watch for future announcements.