This post is a bit late in coming, but last weekend on the 22nd of December, Sweaty Sheep put on a 5K. The race was organized by my friend, Ryan Althaus and the timing done by Headfirst Performance. The race went from a brain baby to an actual event only a little over a month before the race date. With a little bit of marketing and telling people about the event by word of mouth, Sweaty Sheep pulled of an amazing event.
For the brave-hearted, there was an option to drink a 4 ounce glass of eggnog at the start line and then at every mile marker. I decided to take part in the challenge and have some fun while wearing my ugly Christmas attire. The eggnog tasted so good as it hit the lips, but as soon as it got to my stomach, I felt my stomach starting to turn. If only I were able to stomach this stuff in a real race… talk about the calorie replacement! As for now, I’ll stick with Infinit!
The purpose behind the event was to help raise awareness of the homeless shelters in the area. Ryan worked with several of them, including Wayside Mission, Exit Zero, and Jefferson Street Shelter just to name a few. After the race, Little Ceasars and Chic-fil-a donated a bunch of food for the athletes. But there weren’t just athletes at the dinner. The homeless people were invited too. We all gathered in the Presbyterian Center downtown and had a little Christmas service. During this whole time, the homeless people gathered up supplies they needed, such as toiletries coats, clothes, shoes, non-perishable goods, etc. in sling bags that many of us athletes donated from our overwhelming supply we have from getting one from each race.
It was a truly a blessed time for athletes and the homeless to come together and share a meal together. And in case you missed it, be sure you’re there next year as this will become an annual tradition in Louisville!