Happy Veterans Day everyone! I had another incredible Branson experience late Friday night, a 5k run/walk for The Caring People. The race started at 10:15 pm in the administration parking lot at Silver Dollar City, wove through the parking lot, onto the road and then back through the park. They advertise 4 million lights in the park, but I think I counted 4,000,001! Its one of the most beautiful places at Christmas and mother nature cooperated in giving us perfect walking weather.
Before starting the race, I got in a preliminary 5k simply walking around the park. I made sure to hit all four rollercoasters at least once and the incredibly fast 4 loop Wildfire twice. I wanted to view the lights from atop of the tracks but was too focused on the rails in front of me where I was trying to pilot the rollercoaster safely. When finished I felt I could add time to my logbook. Had a nice dinner at the Mine Shaft restaurant and headed out for the start of the ceremony which included 1,600 participants. Families welcome, and there were a couple of 9 year olds who beat my time.
The Caring People was founded by Peter and JoDee Herschend and serves single moms around the globe. You can find out more about this wonderful organization on their website.
Pictured from left to right: Pete Herschend, Me, JoDee Herschend, Brad Thomas