Dad and Daughter 5K Supporting Hillcrest Hope

Two years ago, Susan Dawes kicked off her very first Dad and Daughter 5K in Liberty. Through her passion for running and her desire to honor the relationship between a father and a daughter, the idea of hosting a 5K was born.

Susan grew up in an athletic family and wanted to be a fast runner like her siblings. Her father graciously encouraged her to consider long-distance, when she struggled at other events. It quickly became her passion and her talent. She excelled, winning races and gaining recognition. Yet, another runner moved to town and Susan learned the tough lesson that so many do: you can’t always be the best. Her father, the man that instilled so much strength and truth into her life, stated: “You’re a very good runner, but you cannot always win. There will always be another race to run.” Susan later realized that her father not only spoke of the many more competitions she would compete in, but also of this race called life.

Susan applied this and many other of her father’s principles to her life journey, including continuing to run these many years later. “Running has carried me through some very difficult times as a single mother of three and working full-time,” Susan shares. Her father’s words and legacy remained with her beyond his passing in 1994.

In 2007, Susan completed and published a book, Run the Race: A Father’s Legacy of Life Lessons. Her writing explored the deep bond between a father and daughter that Susan desires to pay tribute to in any way possible.

When promoting her book, the idea arose to start a Father-Daughter run in honor of her father’s legacy and to promote family activity and exercise. Being from Liberty, Susan immediately reached out to the Liberty Community Center to act as the starting point for this event. This run came together for the first time in 2014 with 63 participants. In 2015, participation grew to 161.

This year, the Dad and Daughter 5K Run/Walk will be held on June 18th at 9am at the Liberty Community Center. This is a true family event with activities such as face-painting, a hula hoop contest, live music, and food from local supporters (Buffalo Wild Wings, Price Chopper, and Complete Nutrition to name a few). All families are welcome, not just fathers and daughters.

Susan shared that her father’s legacy not only lies in the principles he imparted to her but in the silent service he displayed throughout his life. “Dad had a heart for the poor. He was broken-hearted seeing families struggle.” Susan has chosen to give all proceeds from the run/walk each year to a local charity.

This year, the Dads and Daughters 5K will donate all proceeds to Hillcrest Hope. Susan wants to support Hillcrest Hope in breaking the cycle of poverty by providing the education and accountability for families to gain stability for generations to come.

Please consider coming out for the fun and the run! Registration is happening now. Visit the link below by clicking on the image to find out more about registering (there is a discount if registered by June 1st).

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