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13.1 For Liam

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Greetings From The Booth!

If you listen to my morning radio show on The River 95.3, you know that in the last 14 months, I have been able to lose 50 pounds with the help of my friends at DMV Weight Loss (formerly Brain & Body), and have been able to get back into running again for the first time since 2017. In 2023, I have participated in several local 5k races, as well as the Apple Blossom 10k, and have performed well in each event. Now it’s time to take things to the next level–a half-marathon, which is 13.1 miles.

One of my running goals this year was to run the annual Battlefield Half Marathon in Winchester, which takes place in early November. Having already logged some quality “base mileage” since last summer, I figured that I had plenty of time to prepare for that event and be ready for a distance that I have never run. Then, something happened that put me on the fast track (no pun intended) to running the “13.1.”

Last October, someone dropped of a litter of helpless kittens in the woods behind my house, with just a pile of dry cat food and nothing else. After several trips into the woods, I managed to gather them all, and put them in a spare room of my house. This would be only a temporary solution, however, as I already had 3 dogs, who were not entirely happy with my new houseguests. Dakotas Dream Animal Rescue came to my rescue.

I became familiar with Dakotas Dream earlier that summer by playing in their golf tournament, their major fundraiser. Dakotas Dream is a no-kill shelter that focuses mainly on cats, and relies totally on volunteers and donations. Ken, a volunteer, affectionately named my kittens “The River Cats” and was able to find homes for them all. I will be eternally grateful. So when I found out that their golf tournament this year was not going to happen, I wanted to do something to help them out.

I immediately got in touch with Ken, who pointed me to Alicia from Dakotas Dream. I approached her with the idea of running the Third Battle of Winchester Half Marathon on August 27th as a fundraiser for their organization. If I could get my listeners to each step up with a small donation, and get some of our great advertisers to also make a monetary contribution, we could offset the loss of the golf tournament. The idea was accepted with open arms!

I also learned about one cat in particular, Liam, who needs a series of costly radio-iodine treatments. The good news is that his condition is curable, and these treatments will make him more adoptable. So, with the help of my listeners, a generous local running community, and some great area businesses, I will be running for Liam on August 27th. The added benefit is that I have a reason to keep going on those training days that are a little rough.

If you’d like to help out, please visit Dakotas Dream at  and if you use Pay Pal, be sure to mention me in the comments section. Until the next visit from the booth…GO LIAM!


Randy and The River Cats


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