I wish I could bottle it, this feeling I have right now. One of our runners wrote this morning to say she still hasn’t stopped smiling. I haven’t either. The love, support, and enthusiasm that this community shared with runners from all over the world Valentine’s weekend was nothing short of astounding. It just isn’t possible for me to adequately thank you. But I have to try. Even before we hit the start line, I was hearing stories about the people of Jacksonville and how warm and welcoming they are. From downtown to our beautiful shoreline you wrapped your arms around these folks and they felt it. The beaches communities were a tour de force! One of the very last runners to cross the finish line, a survivor, collapsed in tears into my arms and all she kept saying was “the community, the community, they pulled me through.” As a native of this beautiful city of ours, it makes me exceptionally proud that you endure the inevitable inconveniences that come with a large event like this and show up bigger and bolder each year. I will never take it for granted. As we head into our 10th anniversary in 2017, I am so humbled and proud to call Jacksonville home. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.