Thousands laced up their shoes in Music City Saturday morning for multiple organizations as the 3rd annual Ladies Speed Stick Women's Half Marathon took to the streets.
With Nashville as the backdrop, thousands pounded the pavement, nearly all with a spirit to race for a reason.
“It's been the ride of a lifetime just to do something so much bigger than yourself,” said Shanna Strassberg. “It's a community and I think we all benefit equally from it.”
Most ran, some walked, but Strassberg was among a group of Music Row folks that pushed.
She and her group were pushing three kids: J-Rod, Dovie and Rosie.
The Run, Walk, Wheel and Roll group is raising money and awareness for Able Youth, an organization that encourages kids with disabilities like J-Rod to learn how to be more independent.
“Just to see the smiles on the kids' faces [and] give them that feeling of crossing the finish line is going to be the best,” said racer and pusher Whitney Duncan. “They are the racers and we are just helping them get there.”
The group not only raised more than $12,000 for Able Youth, but a portion of their race entry fee as well as the thousands of others went to support the YMCA and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
The foundation serves the 1.4 million Americans who live with Crohn's Disease and colitis around the country.
They have 42 chapters geared to raising money for research, education and providing support services for patients like Mindy Greenstone, who was diagnosed when she was just 13 year old.
“It was a hard start,” Greenstone said. “I went into remission for a few years and then it just got rough. I just realized that and tried to take control of my life and not let it control me.”
Team Challenge, a program within the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation, had 65 runners at the women's half marathon that raised more than $150,000.