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Running the Borodash can open up a whole new path for your life, on many levels. Ask the Bigelow family – Joel and Jeannie and their four children.

The Bigelows have participated in Murfreesboro’s popular Thanksgiving Day run/walk since its inception in 2010.

“At the time of the first Borodash, I had just turned 30 and I was looking to do something to get healthy,” says Joel. “So I took up running and did the Middle Half, but Borodash was something we could do as a family.”

IMG_0572Doing it as a family is one way of describing it. What Joel and Jeannie actually did was push their three young daughters, Carsen, Lauren and Brooke, in a stroller.

The next year, beyond the physical health benefits of running as a family, Borodash brought healing to a family stressed by concerns for their fourth child, the newborn Bailey.

“In 2011, the second year of the race, our fourth child had just been born and was in the neonatal intensive-care unit with a collapsed lung,” remembers Joel.

“Jeannie stayed in the hospital with her. But the children were all looking forward to take part in Borodash. So to keep them distracted, Carsen and I ran it while the other two cheered us on. It was good.”

Bailey came through the ordeal and will be a part of this year’s Borodash, as will Joel’s mother.

“The Borodash is just what we do on Thanksgiving morning,” says Joel.Bigelow Kid 2014

“It’s just a great way to start the Thanksgiving weekend,” adds Jeannie. “It’s such a good time. Everyone is there, excited and smiling. So many families and the community – it brings everyone together for a really good cause.

“Neema House and what they’re doing for children in Africa is important to us. We have four daughters and we know there is nothing better in life than bringing loving to a child.”

Beyond bringing the Bigelows together, it’s also helped establish a career path for Joel and Jeannie. Together the couple has opened Endure Athletics, which has programs for kids, adults and healthier families.

“Joel is the coach,” says Jeannie. “I’m the backend of the business and handle all of the operations. It’s not about running faster or beating someone.

“It’s about kids having fun and getting active.”

And that is as good a summation of what Borodash is all about any – It’s not about running faster or beating someone. It’s about having fun and getting active – in the lives of our family and in the lives of our local and global community who need our help.

If you have a Borodash story of your own, we invite you to share it with us at info@borodash.org. And, if you haven’t already, register today at Borodash.org and make a Thanksgiving Day memory of your own. For more information on Joel and Jeannie’s Endure Athletics, visit EndureAthleticsClub.com.

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