The finish line has been picked up, the clock and timing equipment put away, but the glow of the 2013 Surgical Artistry Modesto Marathon shines brightly. This year's edition was our best yet with close to 3,100 registered runners and walkers from near and far, including London and Beijing! Course records were smashed and the weather gods smiled upon us.
Thank you does not seem adequate enough to all those who helped pull off this amazing event. Hundreds of volunteers donated thousands of hours, from planning to staging to the cleanup afterward. Kudos continue to pour in from those you've touched and lives you've changed. Thank you also to those residents who supported our event and participants, even though you were temporarily inconvenienced.
We are especially grateful for our marathon, expo and movie night sponsors; our Teens Run Modesto mentors and coaches for the adult training groups. It's a beautiful sight to see so many people becoming fit and active in our parks and on the streets, and our teens finding the power of believing in themselves.
HEIDI RYANKAREN LOZANO