Much to my surprise, yesterday in the mail I received a package from L'Arche Mobile, the group that sponsored the race. Inside, I found a long sleeve shirt from the event & a check with a partial refund for my entry fees.
Let me make this clear... In case you don't know anything about L'Arche, it's a fantastic organization that supports and advocates for adults with developmental disabilities. When I couldn't make the race, I figured no big deal. The money goes to a great cause. And they refunded my fees. Being poor, I was super excited about getting money in the mail. But for all the money I pay toward Rock N' Roll or other expensive races, they aren't donating to admirable causes. (Races may be fun, but they ain't charity.) So, I'm going to donate my refund back to L'Arche. They showed me some unexpected kindness. I figure that the least I can do is show the same to them.
Small races are so often run by great people & great volunteers. How do you show your gratitude?