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Run4Elise 5K Rocked

Saturday May 4, 2109 was the rescheduled Run4Elise 5K and Water Safety Awareness Event benefitting our sponsored charity (full disclosure, I’m on the board). This was initially scheduled for April 6th on a day when the North Texas weather was not cooperating. Thunderstorms and tornado warning necessitated rescheduling the event.

What a gorgeous day and a huge turnout! More than 600 runners and walkers, with their families enjoyed the warm sunshine and mild breeze while completing a two loop course meandering around Gateway Church campus in Southlake, TX.

I was blessed to have my mother, Betty Crane, as well as my two younger daughters, Caitlin and Sasha, participate with me. My office staff at FAANT also showed up in full force. Many neighbors and friends were also in attendance as well as most of the Southlake City Council and the Carroll ISD School Board and staff. It was the place to be on Saturday.

My lovely 18-year-old daughter placed 2nd overall for women ( she claims she let the other girl win) and 1st in her AG. My youngest daughter, Sasha, did the one mile fun run; although she looks in pain in the picture she had fun. (just hates getting her picture taken!). My mother and I walked to 5K and my 78-years young Mom came in 3rd in her AG! Go Mom!

Three generations of strong women! Crane/Mertz girls

The message of water safety cannot be overstated. Elise was a vibrant, athletic, motivated competitive swimmer who tragically drowned on June 20, 2016 in the CISD Natatorium. We hope that no family will ever have to go through what the Cerami family has suffered. No one is down-proof! Please follow the link to Swim4Elise to learn more about the water safety message. Donations are also gratefully received.

Dr Crane and Elise Cerami May 2013 at a swim meet in Pineville, LA

Join us next year for the 4th annual Run4Elise in the Spring of 2020 which would’ve been the spring of Elise’s high school graduation.