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I’ve been reading up on Dayton Fashion Week (DFW) lately, and I was bowled over when I found out that one of their charitable partners is Hospice of Dayton!  I am so impressed that this event will be benefiting such an amazing local charity.

I would love to join in the fun come July!  Each day will feature a different event, here is the official schedule from their website:


Official Schedule

Tuesday: July 24, 2012
DAY 1 – Fashion Launch Gala @ Packard Museum– On this day fashion lovers from all over will be able to network and meet the showcasing designers of DFW plus a silent auction with proceeds going to our charitable partner Hospice of Dayton. We will also have local celebrities walking the runway.

Wednesday: July 25, 2012
DAY 2 – Fashion In Downtown @ Court House Square-Come out and see local bands perform while DFW Models gets transform into the glitz and glamour of fashion.

Thursday: July 26, 2012
DAY 3– DFW Kids Runway Collective Showcase @ Bainbridge Hall – Lights, Camera, Actions: It’s  all about the kids on the runway wearing designs by one of Dayton’s own –CUPCAKE COUTURE and International design house AM VICTORIOUS.

Friday: July 27, 2012
DAY 4- Emerging Designers and Ready to Wear Showcase @ Dayton Convention Center – Fashion Avenue opens at 5:00p.m. Runway Show starts at 6:30 p.m. – visit DFW exclusive Fashion Village including vendors like Coins For Me,  AfriqGlam Nail Lacquer, Gilmart & Co, AM Victorious and many more………

Saturday: July 28, 2012
DAY 5- Grand Finale Runway Showcase @ Dayton Convention Center – Fashion Avenueopens at 5:00p.m. Runway Show starts at 6:30p.m. – International, Local, and National designers on the runway. – visit DFW exclusive Fashion Village including vendors like Coins For Me, AfriqGlam Nail Lacquer, Gilmart & Co, AM Victorious and many more………

You may remember when I said that my 5K team had many races to choose from.  The one we picked because they got to us first is the Family Violence Prevention Center‘s Walk to STOP Child Abuse.  It was bitterly cold but thankfully the rain held off until we were most of the way through breakfast.  My favorite part was when we showed up and someone had freshly TP’d the high school.  Rob was explaining precisely how he was sure of the methods used to TP the school because he was apparently some sort of hoodlum in his younger years.

The best part was that I beat my time from last year!  Rob is a great motivator – we kept racing each other and trying to block the other one from getting ahead as much as possible.  If that’s not solid team work, I don’t know what is.  And I apologize for the photo, I look like a wind-burnt crazy person.

And of course no race day is complete without a giant breakfast, this time from Hasty Tasty.  Even after 15 cups of coffee, I was still ready to sleep.

I’m looking forward to the October FVPC 5K.  Hopefully it will be at John Bryan State Park again, that was so lovely.

I spend most weekends not participating in 5Ks – let’s say maybe 50 out of 52 weekends a year.  So you can imagine my surprise when I get invited to not 1, not 2, but 3 races on the same day, April 28, 2012.  I can’t be in 3 places at once so I thought I would share the information with my Dayton readers in case you would be interested in attending one of these races for charity.

Walking to STOP Child Abuse – 5K Walk/Run to benefit Family Violence Prevention Center

  • This 5K takes place at and around Beavercreek High School
  • My team name for this event is The Isotopes, which is a Simpsons reference (and yes, we perform about as well as the real Springfield Nuclear Power Plant team)

Dayton Peace Accords 5K Walk/Run to benefit Dayton International Peace Museum

  • It took some digging but it looks like the route will be on the Great Miami River Trail, which will be beautiful!  Wish I could make this one.

March for Babies to benefit March of Dimes

  • This one will take place at Carillon Historical Park
  • I was invited to this by my work but since it was already committed to the first one, I couldn’t go. 


An intelligent person does not need the promise of heaven to see the merit of good deeds.

I honestly forget where I saw that quote or who to credit.  I have it pinned to my cube wall and read it every day. 

As part of my family’s goal to be involved in the community as well as stay active and exercise, we have been participating in 5K events for various charities.  I had a lot of misconceptions about 5Ks and never thought for a moment that I would be participating in one, let alone two so far. 

First, I thought that most people would run.  This has turned out to be false (thank goodness).  I, along with over 75% of participants, walked the whole time or most of the time.  Walking 3.1 miles is not the easiest thing to do at 9:00 am on a Saturday when you’re horribly out of shape.  I feel that it means a lot that I’m able to get out of bed that early, let alone walk 3.1 miles without stopping.  The way I look at it, I have to be burning something like 3 times the amount of calories I would be burning if I were to stay in bed.  There are people who run but I luckily don’t have to interact with them much (they usually finish the race 30 minutes before me anyway).  Seriously though, they should be proud of their athleticism, drive, and stamina – I think it’s great that people like them work hard to keep the American obesity rate under 100%. 

Second, I thought I’d be the last to finish.  My sister says because of my hours of shopping in heels, I’ve turned some ligaments or tendons in my legs bionic and therefore ended up being pretty awesome at walking a 5K.  No matter the reason, I ended up finishing somewhere in the middle both times without sweating much or turning red at all.  I’m happy that my very complex method of staying in shape (umm…drawing a blank here…) has been working (whatever it is…).

Third, I actually might want to start thinking about training to run one someday.  It might not be this year, but eventually I think I’d like to run a 5K.  This will really mess up my current exercise routine of stay-on-the-elliptical-until-ipod-runs-out-of-Camera-Obscura-songs but I’ll learn to deal with that when the time comes.

These photos were taken at the finish line of my first 5K at Beavercreek High School and the surrounding area on April 30, 2011.  This event was to benefit the Family Violence Prevention Center.

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My second 5K was May 14, 2011 at Northridge High School and it was to benefit Hospice of Dayton (a cause very dear to my heart).