When Shelley Hollan’s daughter got sick, she felt very thankful she didn’t have to leave Augusta to get some of the best pediatric medical treatment in the state. She knows some people travel hundreds of miles and have to stay in Augusta for weeks or months.
That was part of the reason she ran Saturday in the Augusta Striders’ 35th annual Broad Street Ramble, which benefited Augusta’s Ronald McDonald House this year.
“I always felt lucky living here,” she said.
Wearing a one-shoulder dress and resembling Pebbles from The Flinstones, Hollan joined about 200 others for the 10K race through downtown Augusta. The race began at 5:30 p.m. and started and ended at Augusta Commons, where live music, beer and food were waiting for the runners. Since the event was so close to Halloween, runners were encouraged to run in costume, and a contest for best dressed was held after the race.
“Our mission is to promote running in the CSRA,” said Striders president Will Caskey. “We also want to support philanthropy in the area.”
The Striders teamed with local McDonald’s restaurants, which are working on becoming more health-conscious, Caskey said.
This year’s event was the first held in the evening, Caskey said, in order to have a party-like atmosphere afterward.
“I think a lot more people would run more if there was a party after,” said Hollan’s friend, Jean Strong, who was also in a leopard-print skirt.
Four local runners dressed as Troll dolls with tutus and hair standing straight up said they were in it for the costume contest.
“We’re hoping for an extra beer,” said Genevieve Balogh.
Balogh said she and the three others were training for a half marathon, and Saturday was their warm-up run.
Betts Murdison, the president and CEO of the Ronald McDonald House, said it was exciting to be involved in the race for the first time.
“It’s awesome to have so many people running for the house,” she said.