The 15th annual LVs Run, which was held virtually this year due to COVID-19, capped off Saturday, November 21, 2020, after over a month of participation and planning by the volunteers. With the hard work of the 2020-21 cohort and through the generosity of donors, the run raised $45,162, reaching just over 100% of our $45,000 goal.
In previous years, the volunteers gathered for one race to run together. However, as this year’s event was disrupted by the pandemic, the LVs got creative, committing to ether a month of activities leading up the race day or planning a one-off challenge for themselves the day of LVs Run.
Kaiyun Chen, who serves at The San Miguel School of Providence in Rhode Island, and was a member of the LVs Run committee this year, spoke about the challenges faced in planning the event. “While there were a lot of discussions going on during the start of the planning stage, weaving all the ideas together was difficult. With one step at a time and help from the LV staff, we were able to move toward the right direction and focus a little more on reaching out, promoting the cohort and setting our run activities. Grateful for this team!”
Some of the month-long activities included practicing yoga once a week, racking up 100 miles on a bicycle, weekly hikes or runs, push-ups and other activities. Emma Mockler, who serves at La Salle Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, found a way to creatively use her site city for her challenge. After teaming up with her fellow Philadelphia LVs, Kayla Little (also at La Salle Academy) and Racheal Bailey (West Catholic Preparatory High School), they decided they would run the famous Rocky Stairs for every donation received. “I think that this LVs Run was more important in a way this year, considering
everything that is going on in our world right now,” shared Mockler. “LVs Run was something to look forward to. Something that we all could work together on and a common goal for us to work toward. It also was important because everyone was able to showcase themselves in a different way. Every individual LV or community was able to choose something specific to them, and to me that makes LVs Run so special.”
Aldontae Guess, who serves at Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School in Brooklyn, New York, was a member of the run committee, and was the chair of fundraising, chose to challenge himself on the day of the race. He teamed up with fellow LV Selena Berry and walked 4.3 miles from his community to his service site. “This year’s run was certainly one for the books. We had to dig deeper into our creativity and tenacity to do what needed to be done, but there were some positive things that came out of this different run this year as well. What really stood out to me was on the day of the run, seeing the cohort do their respective goals with such enthusiasm and endurance. Additionally, seeing some of the LV alum participating and encouraging us was such a wonderful thing to see. It was a day I cannot and will not forget!”