Taylor’s Triumph – A Scenic 5K Honoring the Memory of Taylor Manning
The Norfolk Community League announces they will host a scenic 5k fun run/walk in Memory of Taylor Manning.
The run will take place on June 8th, 2013 at the Holmes Fields at 22 Myrtle Street in Norfolk, MA as part of the Norfolk Community Day celebration. The run will start at 9:00 am with registration opening at 7:30 am. Runners and walkers can register at www.racemenu.com. Parking is free and all pre-registered runners will receive a t-shirt. T-shirts for registrants after May 29th will be on a first come, first serve basis.
Taylor’s Triumph commemorates Taylor Manning, whose passing in May of 2012 left a lasting mark on her community. Taylor’s spirit, laughter and sense of adventure encouraged us all to live life to its fullest. Proceeds go to a foundation in Taylor's name at Camp Jewell, a YMCA camp.
Born on April 11, 1999 in Evanston, Illinois she is the daughter of Patrick Dean and Kristin Larsen Manning. They moved to Norfolk in 2001 where she enrolled in kindergarten and went through the Norfolk Elementary Schools. 2012 marked a big change when Taylor enrolled in the 7th grade at Ursuline Academy in Dedham. It was a wonderful and enriching experience and her family is blessed to be part the community at Ursuline. It was the perfect fit for Taylor.
Recreationally and at home she loved everything a girl would enjoy her age. Dance was among her favorite! Taylor was born to explore and loved to travel, especially internationally. Her annual pilgrimages to Camp Jewel in Colebrook, Connecticut were a highlight of each year. Taylor also relished life's simple pleasures: picnics, trips to the beach, flip flops, scavenger hunts, shopping, playing games with her brother Jack, giving her dog Buddy a scratch behind the ears, and just hanging around with her friends. In her short 13 years she packed a lot into her time here on earth. Diagnosed with a congenital heart defect at birth she persevered through a number of open heart surgeries performed by the amazing doctors of Boston Children's Hospital. Taylor dismissed any perceived issues with her medical condition and never let it interfere with her lust for adventure. In just the last two years before Taylor’s death, she snorkeled off Grand Cayman, swam with the dolphins in Mexico, explored New York, Copenhagen, London, and Paris, went snowmobiling in Colorado, hiked the Grand Canyon, white water rafted in Arizona, skied in New Hampshire, all while excelling in school and dancing on the stage. Taylor's heart, while physically imperfect taught us all how to live life to the fullest with love in our hearts and laughter on our lips.
Proceeds from the race will benefit members of her community, especially projects in her name at Camp Jewell, a place she loved dearly.
The Norfolk Community League is a non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for Norfolk residents and strengthening community spirit by organizing social, family-based, fundraising, and charitable activities. Membership is a key component to making this happen. NCL Members enjoy access to groups and clubs as a way to meet people in town and make new friends. Membership dues help us plan events that are fun for members and the community. They are also important for our fundraising efforts that raise money we distribute to organizations like Norfolk Public and King Philip Schools, and the Norfolk Fire Department.