Haywood County March for Babies

Haywood County March for Babies

Happy Wednesday everyone!

With the hoopla of the new site release and giveaway Monday and Tuesday, I haven’t had a whole lot of time to talk about this past weekend, which was awesome!

I got to be the honorary chair for the Haywood County March for Babies!

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For those of you who read my blog who aren’t local, Haywood county is about 30 minutes from Asheville and is in the far west mountains close to Tennessee.  It’s a much smaller area than Asheville, so this walk is not as large as the Asheville one, but it is still a very important event for the March of Dimes.

There are some very dedicated family teams who walk every year who raise lots of money for the cause.

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The ambassador family for this walk was the Francoeur family.  Their story of how they suffered multiple late term miscarriages before finally having triplets reminded me of why I am working with this amazing group.

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The walk was held at Lake Junaluska, which is stunning. Asheville is beautiful, but the Haywood County area is even more scenic.

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It’s a gorgeous place to walk and the perfect way to start off a weekend.

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The walk went perfectly and everyone seemed to have a great time.




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Dickey’s BBQ had box lunches for everyone after the walk and even made a vegetarian box for me.  Talk about some wonderful people!





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The finale of the event was the “Stroller Runway Walk,” which is always a riot!

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I had to judge and it was SO hard to pick a winner, but the Francoeur family won by a slight edge.  The stroller walked with some serious swagger!

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What a perfect Saturday supporting such a great cause!  All the money raised goes to help Mother’s reach full term with their babies and to one day end prematurity!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I’m sharing a collection of clean eating recipes for Labor Day.

I’m also working out some kinks in my site load time, so thank you for your patience while we figure it out!

I’m linking this post with Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Your turn!

What did you do this weekend?

Do you ever walk for exercise?

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By | 2017-08-15T14:04:09+00:00 September 2nd, 2015|Asheville / WNC Living, Charity Work, Fitness, Fun, Motivation/ Inspiration|43 Comments


  1. Andrea September 6, 2015 at 6:03 am - Reply

    The scenery for the walk was great! It is always more fun to exercise with a view!
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    • JulieWunder September 7, 2015 at 9:03 am - Reply

      Thank you! I totally agree! Hope you are having fun in Japan.

  2. Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes September 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    Very cool, I love that you are involved in this!! What a great event!
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    • JulieWunder September 7, 2015 at 9:02 am - Reply

      Thanks Sue! I know it’s an issue important to you too!

  3. jill conyers September 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Love love the new site Julie! I can’t wait for my reveal. You inspire me with all that you do. Have a wonderful weekend!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:15 am - Reply

      Thank you Jill! I can’t wait to see yours too!

  4. Angelena Marie September 4, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    That is so amazing Julie! What a great cause to be involved in, it looks like you had a great day!
    Your new site looks great! 🙂
    Thanks for linking up!
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  5. Cailee September 3, 2015 at 11:28 am - Reply

    Wow! This is so great! What an inspiring and caring person you are! I just love it! …looks like a beautiful location and a wonderful cause! Love it!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

      You are too kind! Thank you. It was a great walk!

  6. [email protected] September 2, 2015 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    I love that you make events like these a focus in your life. It is so important to give back to the community and to be involved in raising awareness for such important problems.
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

      You are too kind! Thank you! I just love getting involved in something that helps people… (or animals really 🙂 )

  7. Susie @ SuzLyfe September 2, 2015 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    I love charity walks. I used to do one with CCFA and our dogs at home! So much fun. Great job organizing!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Thank you! It’s such an honor to work with this group!

  8. Annette @ Sweating Through Life September 2, 2015 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    Looks like such a pretty spot to have a walk like this! I’ve participated in a few walks like this in my area and it is pretty inspirational to be involved. I would encourage everyone to do at least one.
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Totally! It may not be a “race” but there is something special about these walks!

  9. Jess @hellotofit September 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Supportive walks like this look like they facilitate so many POSITIVE vibes.

  10. [email protected] the Long Way Home September 2, 2015 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    March of Dimes is a cause near and dear to my heart, since I work as a pediatric nurse practitioner and care for a lot of ex-premies. What a wonderful cause to be involved with!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Oh wow! What great work to do… props to you, my friend! I love the March of Dimes and their mission. One day soon they will end prematurity!

  11. Great cause to be involved in Julie! Fabulous pictures as well. The site is loading much faster today so maybe it was me yesterday. Looks great!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:11 am - Reply

      Oh good! We are still working out some kinks, I had no idea all that was involved in this!! Thanks for your patience 🙂

  12. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets September 2, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Looks like a lovely event, for such an important cause! The lake looks gorgeous!
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  13. Nicole @ Fitful Focus September 2, 2015 at 11:13 am - Reply

    What a great event! I love supportive walks like this.
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Totally! Really brings the community together.

  14. Annmarie September 2, 2015 at 10:06 am - Reply

    What a stunning place for such a great walk! Happy that the weather cooperated and you had a nice day for it! Thanks for linking up! <3
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  15. Jamie September 2, 2015 at 10:00 am - Reply

    I’ve only walked for exercise when I’ve been injured, but more recently (after working in NYC where I walked everywhere) I really started to enjoy it! 🙂 Now I try to walk a mile during my lunch hour in addition to my other daily activities. Helps keep me moving throughout the day! Great cause, and such a beautiful place to have an event!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      I love that! I try to go for at least one walk a day in addition to my normal workouts. I love the way it feels.

  16. Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie September 2, 2015 at 8:56 am - Reply

    Such a great cause to be a part of and to raise awareness for!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:09 am - Reply

      Thanks Stacie! Helping babies is just about as good as it gets!

  17. Maye D'Amico September 2, 2015 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Julie, I’m having problems reading the new site because font is so small and I pad doesn’t allow me to enlarge as I did in previous site. Bad eyes, but curious.

    • JulieWunder September 2, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

      Hi Maye. I am looking into the issue and am hoping to make some improvements. Thank you for letting me know and thank you for your patience while I figure it out.

  18. Dan Steadman September 2, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

    awesome work! Our weekend was just kind of chill, a few back yard games of soccer….I got in a 13 mile run, we were going to go to Asheville and hike, but the rain had other ideas, so we went to REI and then the Asheville Outlets, papa got another pair of Asics

  19. Heather @Fitncookies September 2, 2015 at 7:10 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous location! I love the lake. Sounds like a fantastic event, Julie. Awesome job putting it together! This weekend was spent on the boat, and out on a date night with the hubby!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Thanks Heather! It was a lot of fun. Glad you are able to enjoy the last few weeks of boating!

  20. Danielle @ Little Mama Big Life September 2, 2015 at 6:36 am - Reply

    March of Dimes is near and dear to my heart because I worked in the NICU for 3 years! Love it!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Oh wow!! I have so much respect for NICU workers. They are miracle makers!

  21. Mary Beth Jackson September 2, 2015 at 5:42 am - Reply

    What a great event! The area is beautiful! Nice that you could help with such an important fundraiser! Nice job!
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    • JulieWunder September 5, 2015 at 10:07 am - Reply

      Thanks MB! I’m just happy to help out babies 🙂

  22. Blane Sherer September 2, 2015 at 5:04 am - Reply

    Glad to hear about the Haywood County March for Babies.
    Great work Julie. Love the pictures as well.

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