What are you doing on Thursday, November 6th of this year? Because you should be going to the AIM High Endurance Awards! If you’ve never heard of it or been for yourself, you are missing out. I had the distinct privilege of attending the event on the inaugural year it was held. For some reason, they gave me The Inspiration Award. While I was then and still am truly, deeply honored and humbled, don’t let it fool you for a second! I’m not really all that inspirational and am in fact, quite average. I don’t do anything that somebody else couldn’t do; I’ve just been given a unique set of circumstances.
Regardless, there I was, having been utterly terrified of public speaking my entire life and stepping up to a podium in high heels hoping against all hope I wouldn’t fall. I stared out at a sea of very intimidating faces and was sure I was just going to pass out right then and there. Instead of speaking gracefully and eloquently like I had imagined in my head, I panicked and blurted out just one sentence before I started to get choked up. I shakily re-gained my composure and forgot the rest of what I wanted to say. I got out another two sentences in record time and hightailed it back to my seat red faced and with my hands still shaking. While my acceptance speech left much to be desired, the event itself didn’t. It was an amazing night honoring the people, charities, and supporters in our community. I was able to rub elbows with some local running greats and important people in our community, feast on delicious food, and simply enjoy being a part of such an amazing group of people. Best of all, we were supporting Alternatives in Motion, a wonderful non profit that assists with all sorts of mobility needs.
The AIM High Endurance Awards recognize the everyday athletes out there going above and beyond. Not necessarily the elite, fastest, top 1% but everyday people like you and me. If in a single year, you have completed the Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon, the Fifth Third River Bank Run 25k, and a half-iron or full-iron distance triathlon at the Grand Rapids Triathlon or the MiTitanium, you are automatically awarded The West Michigan Endurance Award. You will never see my name on this list because I don’t swim, but I know many of my fellow runners that fit into this category!
We all know someone who deserves to be recognized, who does so much for those around them, inspires others, or helps in ways that are too many to mention. You can nominate someone you know for one of the following awards below:
The Lifetime Contribution Award
The Individual Accomplishment Award
The Inspiration Award
The Corporate Dedication Award
The Outstanding Charitable Contribution Award
The Moving People Forward Award
I encourage you to look it up, check it out, and put it on your calendar! It’s a good time for a good cause. We hope to see you there!
-Road Warrior Kathy