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Millions of Words

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then be prepared to be blown away by the volume of words coming at you when you flip through the 5K photos!

Many of you have been asking about the photographs. Please rest assured we have been diligently working on making available the photos that were taken on August 3. It has been a monumental task and not without computer and other technical issues. It was certainly never our plan to take this long to get the pictures up, and we are already working on a different plan for next year.

But let me tell you something deeply personal. This run and the days following it will always be profoundly emotional. This run will always be the first Saturday in August, and most of the time it will be a few days before the anniversary of Spencer’s death (in 2016 it will be on the actual anniversary, and in 2021 it will be the day after the anniversary of Spencer’s death). I cannot speak for everyone who has buried a child or lost a good friend or family member, but I KNOW that Spencer’s family and friends find it difficult to get through the first weeks of August without a great deal of emotion. It takes a lot of time and energy to put on a successful 5K event. It takes even more when you are so emotionally connected to the event.

And we are. I wish everyone could see the 20+ people who met on a regular basis to plan every detail of the 5K (or at least attempt to plan every detail). They have passion, this group of friends and family of Spencer. Uniquely gifted, each individual brought something special to the group, but ALL of them are passionate about excellence in honoring Spencer and our veterans. And our 150+ “day of” volunteers were certainly up to the near Herculean task of anticipating and accommodating the needs of our participants. It was a great day. But it was only possible through the commitment of great people.

So, the fact that we are just now making available the photos is a bit of a disappointment to us. However, we think we finally have the glitches worked out. We are thankful for our wonderful photographers—Candice Diddle, Megan Hollingsworth, Susan Redmond, and Mikayla Dreyer. They have certainly gone above and beyond in helping us get this task accomplished.

So, read the following directions and then check out the link below. Happy viewing!

PASS instructions: How to view, download, and share with social media

PLEASE NOTE: The photos are not in chronological order and are a compilation from 4 different photographers. As you scroll through the photos, please don’t assume you have seen them all just because you got to the ones of the awards ceremony. Keep on scrolling through the photos so you don’t miss any of the over 1500 photos!

To view as slideshows:
From the MAIN page (which is the page where you will see all the photos)- click on the photo you want to see. This will enlarge the photo. You can then use the arrows on the right or left of the photo to scroll through the photos like a slideshow.

To download/share with social media on a single image:
When you find an image that you would like to download to your computer or share on Facebook/Twitter, simply click on it from the main menu to enlarge. Once it is enlarged, you will see a black strip with icons on the right of the page. At the very top is a plus (+) sign. Click the + button, and it will open the menu. Here you can choose to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, e-mail, download the photo to your computer, or add the photo to your own favorites folder. To download pictures or share with social media, you must first create a PASS account or log in through Facebook.

Accessing your “My Favorites” folder, & Signing the Guestbook:
Go back to the main menu (just click on the outside part of the enlarged photo). From the main menu, click the button at the top left that has 3 horizontal lines. There you will see you can access your “My Favorites” folder, sign the Guestbook, or download all 1500+ photos!

To get started, copy and paste into your browser the following link:

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