Tomorrow morning before the sun rises dozens of candy industry professionals will lace up their running shoes and head down to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. for NCA’s inaugural Monument Run/Walk. We’ll be led by Representative Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), known not only for her role as a respected legislator around these parts, but also for her status as a fitness enthusiast and tough Ironman competitor.
The 5K course will travel near the Capitol building, head down in front of the Smithsonian museums, and give visitors a glimpse of Washington Monument before heading back.
The Monument Run/Walk is part of our annual member fly-in, the Washington Forum. Later in the day, these dedicated candy makers will be visiting their representatives and senators to talk about issues like the impact of candy on the U.S. economy, the current status of sugar policy and how it’s impacting the industry, health and nutrition policy, trade policy, and GE/GMO labeling.
But, back to the morning run. As we’ve been saying a lot on the blog lately, our industry’s commitment to promoting balance in life is a lot more than just talk. We believe in moderating our candy consumption and moving our bodies. That’s why we’re getting up early tomorrow to demonstrate that commitment – and you’ll find many others hitting the hotel gym before or after our meetings.
I have to confess, though, that a major motivator in participating in the Run/Walk is the great t-shirt we’re getting to wear (designed by our wonderful staff artist, Olivia). Above my co-workers Laura and Anne model their shirts. Don’t they look great? Here’s a closer look at the image:
If you’ll be up and around tomorrow morning, feel free to join us on our trip around the mall.