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Event Review: Run for the Dream Marathon

June 2, 2014 Leave a comment

Run for the Dream Marathon

8K/ Half-Marathon/Kids Fun Run

May 30th-June 1st, 2014

Williamsburg, Virginia

Start of the Run for the Dream Half-Marathon. June 1st, 2014.

Start of the Run for the Dream Half-Marathon.
June 1st, 2014.

The Run for the Dream Marathon, benefiting the Achievable Dream Charity and Wounded Warriors Project, made quite a splash over the weekend of May 30th -June 1st. With over 3300 participants in this year’s races, which included the 8K, Half-Marathon, and a Kids Fun Run, the amount of support for the participants and for the causes was tremendous. Enthusiasm was infectious throughout Saturday and Sunday, and even an Elvis Presley-impersonator ran in the Half-Marathon on Sunday morning to the delight of his fellow competitors.

September Foster Performing the National Anthem at the Run For the Dream Half-Marathon. Sunday, June 1st, 2014

September Foster Performing the National Anthem at the Run For the Dream Half-Marathon.
Sunday, June 1st, 2014

Several highlights at the event were the superb announcements made by Jack LeDuc, and selected speakers Mayor Clyde A. Haulman of Colonial Williamsburg, and Dave McGillivray, race director of the prestigious BAA Boston Marathon. The musical highlight of the marathon was an appearance made by September Foster, a powerful young talent who sang the National Anthem with clarity and emotion, a fact that did not go unnoticed by the participants in the race. Many participants and bystanders alike stated that her classic interpretation of the Star Spangled Banner brought tears to their eyes.

Participants in the Run For the Dream 8K Marathon. Saturday, May 31st, 2014

Participants in the Run For the Dream 8K Marathon.
Saturday, May 31st, 2014

 “The National Anthem is a powerful and beautifully-written song,” said Foster, shortly after the start of the Half-Marathon on Sunday. “At many sporting events like this, emotions are running high and our anthem can provide that extra bit of encouragement.”

She went on to state that her training in the performing arts taught her not only to sing a song, but to be fully aware what it is you’re singing about, a truth that goes fairly unacknowledged in a music industry focused on commercialization.

“Music has to come from the heart,” Foster went on. “Because as a performer, you never know who might need to hear that song out in the audience. These athletes are such an inspiration to me and I always strive to do the National Anthem justice as my personal tribute to them.”

September Foster Photo Courtesy of  www.reverbnation.com/septemberfoster

September Foster
Photo Courtesy of
http://www.about.me/septemberfoster

September Foster enthusiastically cheered on the participants, gladly speaking with runners in and out of the corrals and posing for photos with them over the weekend. A young woman with a compelling voice, September Foster is a gifted performer on her way to great things as she prepares for her next step.

“Performing live on Broadway is my goal,” she says with a smile, and there is no doubt that she dazzles any audience who hears her voice.

Check out September Foster’s website at:

http://www.about.me/septemberfoster

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