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A little act of kindness

My family has been helping run an aid station for the Western States 100 for almost 18 years.

Every year, we decorate our station to help perk up the runners. By the time they hit our aid station at Auburn Lake Trails, they’ve run a grueling 85 miles.

We’ve had John Wayne (cardboard), Christmas lights, Alf, the Thomas Crapper Museum (porta potty), well, I think you get the picture.



This year we had a Hawaiian theme (yes, Elizabeth, eventually I’ll get your decorations returned). You haven’t lived until you’ve seen my other half in a hula skirt and a coconut bra.

To top things off, we had a bubble machine. Big deal? You bet! You have no idea how many runners got a big hoot out of running through the plethora of bubbles. Not to mention the numerous photo ops.




We always get thanked for our efforts. Easy for us. The runners do all the work and we get to have all the fun!

Back to the bubbles!

All of us at the Auburn Lake Trails aid station and the hundreds of world class runners would like to give our special thanks to Kurt Greiner of the Gold Rush Car Wash in Grass Valley for his extreme generosity and his bubble machine.

Just wanted to let you all know that what you might think of as a little act of kindness can end up touching so many people. Way to go Kurt!

Pamela Raschke

Grass Valley


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