The start of October means, hopefully, cooler weather. So we get out our scarves and long-sleeves and celebrate the arrival of Starbucks’ pumpkin-spice latte. It also means our annual Run for Hope event is just days away.
This is one of our favorite events (yes, we may say that about all of them) and it all started as the brainchild of Lt. Rob Brunell, California Highway Patrol. An avid runner, he encouraged his friend and co-worker, Matt Drewry (also a CHP lieutenant and instructor at the Tulare-Kings Counties Police Academy) to run a marathon with him so they could check it off their bucket list. While Matt was reluctant at first, the two ran the New York Marathon in 2008 and have been hooked ever since.
Together, they started the Central Valley Roadrunners running group and got connected with us through a co-worker and fellow Roadrunners team member, John Tyler. He suggested a fundraising effort for VRM when the team was training for a racing event four years ago.
In Matt’s own words, “We were extremely impressed with the amazing service VRM provides to the community!”
Bringing the two together, Rob and Matt felt they could use their running hobby as a springboard, creating a family-friendly fitness event with a fundraising element for our many services, as well as a positive impact on the community.
Their families have participated in Run for Hope since its inception. Last year, Matt even had his granddaughter out on the course in the stroller!
We love Rob & Matt’s reasons to participate in this year’s Run for Hope:
1. Both events (walking and running) are suited for people of any fitness level
2. It’s a family-friendly event in a beautiful setting by St. John’s River
3. You will have fun and you’ll be providing vital support to VRM
The only thing better than a fun morning with family and friends, is knowing you are providing true life change for many men and women.