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Friday Feature with Bob Crook

In addition to our regular blog posts, we’re excited to add the Friday Feature section which will periodically highlight an upcoming event or shine the spotlight on something extra special in our communities! To launch the Friday Feature segment, we’re turning things over to Bob Crook for the next 11 weeks as we get ready for our Jack’s Abby United Way 5k. Happy reading, and maybe even happy running!
Hello! I’m Bob Crook and I’ll be your Friday Feature blog host focusing on the upcoming Jack’s Abby United Way 5K fundraising run on October 12. I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm and experience for running and walking, and the meaningful work done by the United Way of Tri-County. This blog will feature running and walking tips, nutrition advice and I’ll introduce you to some of the inspirational Jack’s Abby United Way 5K race participants, sponsors and volunteers!
First, let’s talk about why I’m doing this and who I am! I have been a volunteer at the United Way’s Call2Talk program since it began over five years ago and before that I volunteered with a similar program for 12 years. Call2Talk is a mental health, emotional support, and suicide prevention program. Volunteering there to help people going through difficult times is one of my passions. One of the special features about the Jack’s Abby United Way 5k is that 100% of your registration fee helps fund the United Way of Tri-County’s programs and services. That includes their food pantry and hot meal programs, early literacy initiative, and my favorite: Call2Talk. Runners and walkers can choose to fundraise, although it’s not a requirement to participate. You can run as an individual or as part of a team. Just participating helps raise awareness of the good work the United Way of Tri-County does every day! Here is the link to my fundraising page should you wish to make a contribution.
Stay tuned for the next Friday Feature when I’ll tell you a little bit more about myself and distance running!