By a completely coincidental freak occurrence, my wife Krista and I found ourselves appearing on the same broadcast of Action News Now’s Noon News today.
Krista appeared on behalf of her work in recruiting and training Foster Parents with the Butte County’s Children’s Services Division. Krista’s appearance was prerecorded some time ago.
I appeared in the studio live to discuss the Chico Running Club’s hosting of the Chico 4th of July Celebration including the CRC Independence Day 5k and Pancake Breakfast in conjunction with the Chico Community Band’s annual performance.
Chico Running Club (of which I am a Board Member and the PIO of the Club, and where Krista is a Board Member and Secretary of the Club) had decided to take over the production of this 50th Annual event after CARD and Do It Leisure decided to stop hosting the event. Chico Running Club has received tremendous community support to offset the challenges in putting on the event on such a short notice (a few weeks). Those community partners include the Developmental Disabilities Sports Fund (of which I am the Executive Director), the Chico Noon Exchange Club, the Chico Community Band, Sheriff Honea and Captain Bob’s Pancake Wagon, and many others.
Come out on the 4th of July for Chico’s only public morning 4th of July celebration (and the weather will be cooler in the morning). Let us know that you want to keep this event alive. The 5k starts at 7am, awards at 8:15am, and the Chico Community Band performing at 9am.
Pancakes meals are $5 each (a reduction in price from previous years). The run (including T-shirt and breakfast) is $25 before the event and $30 on race day.
Somewhere in the middle of all of this activity today, our son Rhys managed to spend some time away from us. He’s been suffering from a fever and ear ache since last Sunday evening. Krista will get his temperature dialed in over the weekend. I’ll be off at the Special Olympics Summer Games as Head Track Coach for the Butte County Delegation. Krista and I have been volunteers with Special Olympics Butte County for the past 15 years. I served as the Director in Butte County for the last 8 years – retiring from the volunteer post on January 1st of this year.
This is a busy time of year for us. We wouldn’t have it any other way (except maybe absent triple degree temperatures).