It was a gorgeous day for downtown Manhattan in June. The sun was out and the air was warm and inviting in Battery Park City. When I looked out towards the Hudson River, Lady Liberty was standing proud. It was the perfect setting for an event such as the Macy’s 5K Run/Walk, bringing Macy’s employees, as well as their friends and family, together for a day of fun, and bonding in the spirit of living healthy and giving back to charity. All $50,000 raised for this 5K went to the Ronald McDonald House of New York and New Yorkers for Children.
The event was a lesson in how to organize a 5K. With a limited set up time due to park rules, the energy of the Macy’s staff and volunteers and the Events with Ginger & Co. team was electric. This energy was crucial for setting up the banners, which included many different polls, nuts and bolts. This was not the best scenario for someone not usually classified as being handy, but in the end they were up and ready for action!
Before I knew it, the stage, tables, tents and banners were all set up and ready to go. From when we first put our bags down to having everything set up, it was a complete transformation. Once participants began to arrive, they were welcomed with music, energetic workers, and a beautiful day.
Before the race began, runners and walkers were prepared with a stretching exercise with a trainer from Equinox . Snapping a few pictures on the top of a set of stairs of the eastern Plaza, it was exciting to see how many people were getting involved for such a great cause. The stretch helped everyone get pumped up and ready to go for the run. After a welcome from the Vice President of Communications at Macy’s, the CEO of Ronald McDonald House of New York as well as the CEO of New Yorkers for Children, the runners and walkers lined up on the start line. Then on their mark, get set, go, the Macy’s employees and their friends and family were off to enjoy the run/walk and lunch and awards awaiting their return.