Tabitha, your answer for Elder Care, in collaboration with the Lincoln Track Club, hosted the organization’s first-ever 10K and 2-mile Race to EmbRACE Aging on Sat., Apr. 8, at Holmes Lake Park in Lincoln. It was a beautiful day with sunny skies and a sea of Tabitha Blue stretched across the race course and sidelines. Runners, walkers and spectators showed up in force to support Tabitha Meals on Wheels. The lifeline program is celebrating 50 years of serving up hot, nutritious meals along with a friendly visit and wellness check to Lincoln Elders. A portion of race entry fees went to benefit this invaluable community program initiative that delivers independence and allows seniors to live in the safety and comfort of their home longer.
The event had something for all ages and skill levels—walking, running, racing competitively including a Kids’ Grand Prix fun-run as well as prepping for the Lincoln Marathon. Participants were reminded throughout the course why they were running as key Tabitha Meals on Wheels facts and figures were scattered throughout the course.
The Tabitha race attracted major running enthusiasts including someone who epitomizes the race’s theme of “embrace aging,” Clarence Osborn, a 99-year young, Purple Heart recipient. With the help of Tabitha team members, Clarence led the way and completed the 2-mile route around the park. Over the years, he and his wife have taken part in countless races with Clarence running and his wife, Betty, volunteering. Clarence was the reason the Lincoln Track Club had to keep extending the age brackets for their events. He participated in his last big race, the Lincoln Marathon, at the age of 90.
The race was powered by a generous group of community volunteers, donors and major sponsor, Union Bank.