I did my first MLKDay5k Drum Run this year. What an experience! According to their website, the MLK Day 5k is gathering the diverse groups of people in our beloved community to celebrate MLK Day in the spirit of sisterhood and brotherhood with fellowship and fitness.
For me, several things made this 5k special:
Back On My Feet
The event allowed participants to register their school, church or other organization to receive proceeds from the 5k. As a participant, you could designate which beneficiary you would like your fee to go to. We chose Back On My Feet Atlanta (BOMF). BOMF mission is to combat homelessness through the power of running, community support, and essential employment and housing resources. We were honored to be included in their running circle the day of the race. More information about Back On My Feet can be found at their website: https://www.backonmyfeet.org/atlanta.
I have never done a race in Piedmont Park and haven’t actually been to the park in years. I had forgotten how beautiful, and large, it is. It truly is the Central Park of Atlanta. (Or maybe Central Park is the Piedmont Park of NYC:)
Not just drums, but DRUMS! The course was lined with a variety of Drum Lines and even a Wind Ensemble. This was one of the only times I didn’t wear headphones with music as I ran because I didn’t want to miss this unique opportunity. It was truly cool!
I’m glad I had the opportunity to experience this race. It was a wonderful way to celebrate MLK Day and Dr. King’s life and legacy.