From Cross Country to Across the Country: Week 4
Chronicling the journey of graduating senior Lauren Bates.
Lauren Bates is completing an internship this summer that will complete her degree in exercise science from SUNY Brockport. The two-sport student athlete (cross country and track and field) is serving as the trainer for a program, 4K for Cancer, that is running from San Francisco to Boston to support cancer research. Below are excerpts from the journal she's keeping to chronicle her journey. Bates agreed to share them with The Port.
Day 26 (Mitchell, SD to Sioux Falls, SD)
"Today was a great day in the host van with Mial. Because all of our meals would be at the host, we targeted some other stuff for donations. Runner's Block gave us gels/chews and Science Nutrition gave us protein, shirts, and BCAA's. We also met with Betsy, who told us that her daughter passed away from cancer at 31. She said she was a runner and would have loved this. She wrote us a check in her honor."
Team miles: 82.3
My miles: 0
Day 27 (Sioux Falls, SD)
"Woke up at 8 am for breakfast. Ate. Slept until noon. Had lunch. Showered. Then went downtown to explore. We needed sleep so bad. Then we had dinner and headed out to meet Chris to get ready for our Scholarship Dinner. He's a 22-year-old cancer survivor going to med school. He was very funny and will make a great doctor. It was awesome getting to know him and his family."
Team miles: 0
My miles: 0
Day 28 (Sioux Falls, SD to Sioux City, IA)
"Today, I ran for a family friend named Mimi. It was hot, but the communities we ran through were so nice. There were great people cheering us on, donating, and giving us water. An older reporter saw us and took pictures/interviewed us. He then told us that we were the most articulate and professional group of young people he has ever met. That made me feel good to have someone else recognize those traits of ours."
Team miles: 103.4
My miles: 10.3
Day 29 (Sioux City, IA to Fort Dodge, IA)
"Today, I ran with Tyler and Pawel. It was hard because a lot of my team is injured and tired, but I felt great! I thought a lot about how lucky I am to have this uninterrupted time with these incredible people. We had a community dinner to honor three kids who passed from cancer, and it was a gentle reminder that time is fleeting. We have to see as much as we can and experience life head-on because we never know what tomorrow will bring."
Team miles: 133
My miles: 12.4
Day 30 (Fort Dodge, IA to Cedar Falls, IA)
"Today was a great day. We had beds for the first time last night and got massages, so I slept so well. I woke up at 4:30 am super excited to take on the day running with Ryan. We ran fast today and had so much fun. Today was for the love of running. Running means so much to the two of us, and today was the perfect day of it. This summer running isn't always the most important thing, but running has also been our everything. Our escape. Our first true love."
Team miles: 104
My miles: 10.2
Day 31 (Cedar Falls, IA to Iowa City, IA)
"At times, it's hard to figure out just what the reason is, but today I was struck by this feeling that we are each on our own path to success/our lives, yet all of our paths led us here for a reason. I thought about how stress free my life is at this one instant, even though I have many changes coming (graduating, moving, grad school, etc.). I have found a balance on 4K so special. P.S. Our van got stuck in the mud again, but we are really good at getting it out now."
Team miles: 105
My miles : 10.3
Day 32 (Iowa City, IA)
"My teammate's family took us all out to dinner! Great rest day! At night, we had a meeting to talk about what we mean to each other. It's crazy to think about how close this adventure has brought all of us."
Team miles: 0
My miles: 0
Would you like to support Lauren?
Donate, or you can mail her a letter or a package of snacks to this location:
c/o St. Marks Episcopal Church
6595 E Quaker St.
Orchard Park, NY 14127