DCCS RAK Run 2017

On Thursday evening, January 26th, several DC Capital Striders Runners embarked on a run that will not easily be forgotten.   Heather Rosso, member of DC Capital Striders, was the mind behind this wonderful event!  Her vision is to share random acts of kindness to people all around as a reminder that it doesn’t take much to be kind.  You don’t need great wealth, great health, nor a lot of time. 

With the help of DC Capital Striders Running Group, Heather and a crew of runners started the evening at Boundary Stone, a pub located in the Bloomingdale/Shaw area of Washington DC.  Kindness gifts were created with the help of a team of volunteers prior to the event.  The gifts included small boxes stuffed with toiletries including tissues, toothpaste, toothbrush, chapstick, and assorted candies.   Other gifts included scarves, beanies, and gloves.  Even cards with motivation phrases were given to people on the streets of Washington DC.

The group embarked on a 2 to 3 mile walk, or a 4 to 5 mile run with many stops to talk to people, share the kindness gifts, and even tell them to pass along to others they meet or talk to that evening.  The DC Capital Striders runners were greeted with huge smiles and "thank you’s" the entire evening.   One person said, “this is so kind; I was having a rotten day and this turned it all around”.  Another said, “this is so generous of you; people never do things like this”.

Heather and DC Capital Striders plan to continue this tradition for years to come; hopefully getting larger and larger each year and even perhaps spreading to other cities beyond Washington DC, along with other running groups/clubs in the area. 

Hashtags #rakrun2017 #makekindnessviral and #runforkindness are used on social media.

Heather Rosso was also nominated as DCCS February of the Month – check out her story and interview here:

RunWashington also featured our event - check out the story here.