As a South High alum, there's something special about that first week of March.
The weather's always a little weird, but spirits are always high, regardless. South High Marathon Dance is really an event that just plain brings people together.
It's been 7 years since I danced in my final SHMD. I was on the basketball team that year and we lost to Burnt Hills in the Sectional Tournament a couple weeks before. While the loss hurt, there was some sense of relief that we weren't going to have to miss our senior year of SHMD.
As dancers, we were pretty proud of ourselves in 2010 when we raised $283,407. Now, that would be a disappointing total, seeing as last year's dance raised a staggering $762,153 (well more than double).
I've made it a point to go back to Marathon and help out every year since graduation, even when I was 5 hours away during my college years. Last year was the one exception, because I was out of town. But even then, two friends and I made a point of watching the livesteam of the closing ceremonies online.
As we were watching, we carried normal conversation and reflected on our involvement with the dance. But when the recipients told their stories, we went dead silent. There's something incredibly emotional about that part of the dance. It sounds cliche, but that really is what the dance is all about.
Very seldom do I know one of the recipients, but their stories still hit home.
While my colleague's Adam Colver and Kathleen Phalen-Tomaselli will be the ones actually covering the dance, I'll be stopping by to check it out before I head to the office Saturday.
Then, once I get to work, I'll be *not-so* patiently awaiting the final total.