Joe Medley's In My Opinion: Community really still exists at Woodstock
by Joe Medley
Aug 03, 2013 | 1438 views |  0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
OK, show of hands. Who has news fatigue?

Headlines have been replete with divisive stuff. Those who haven’t had a Facebook argument lately must have resolved to avoid one. Others wish they had so resolved.

Anyone who wants to hang at a refreshing mass gathering where none of that matters should see the Woodstock 5K today. The race starts at 7:30 a.m. in front of Anniston High School, and one will see a scene today’s cable shout shows forgot.

One will see volunteers from the Rocky Hollow Neighborhood Association.

Or Anniston High’s football team, band and cheerleaders.

Or New Life Christian Cathedral, which will field a dozen or so runners and nearly 20 volunteers.

One will see five religious-affiliated teams like the Cherokee County-based Run For God group, massing for prayer and running in their red, stickman shirts.

Or how about Warriors, formerly Depot Dashers? It’s a team running to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

And can’t we all cheer the “We All Run” kids? For that matter, why not cheer every participant in Kidstock?

Above all, let’s cheer a well-run, sportsy event where everyone roots for everyone. It’s a place where a sense of community still rules, so shhhhh. Don’t tell the shout shows.

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