The event began at the crack of dawn, when approximately 70 volunteers gathered to prepare for the busy, yet exciting day ahead. The air was full of positive energy and smiles were glowing on everyone’s faces. Later, a Yoga session was held at 8:30 AM, after which the race commenced around 9AM. As the race began, everyone’s enthusiasm was evident as volunteers cheered on all the runners, including the youngest participant who was only three years old! The event was a major success- Vibha was not only able to raise $12,000, but was also able to help bring a beautiful smile on so many faces. Finally, Vibha is now able to proudly claim that many of its sponsors are excited to return to the Dream Mile in 2018!
Mr. Numair Attaar, one of the youth leads for the event, claimed that “the event was overall a major success” and that Vibha was able to achieve its goal of raising awareness about the organization and its cause. Additionally, as Mr. Attaar was heavily involved in the preliminary stages of the NJ Dream Mile, he felt that the success of the event thrived on the volunteers who “took out their evening and down time to work on their aspect of the event, to make sure everything ran smoothly”. The hard work that each individual put into this event was evident as many of the runners complimented volunteers and organizers saying that it was the “best professional 5K [they had] been to”.
New Jersey’s first Dream Mile has been a huge success and has provided Vibha with the groundwork to grow and organize bigger events in the area.