This year’s 5K Run for Literacy on 9/11/21 brought a special group with a personal connection to our race. Here is Mimi’s story and pictures, as shared by her family.

“Mimi Dahl loved running. After undergoing brain surgery in 2018, she set a goal of competing in her favorite race, the Smith’s Point Bridge 5K Run for Literacy- a goal she achieved in 2019. It was her sixth time participating in the Smith’s Point 5K and the last race she ran before ultimately losing her battle with cancer on April 27, 2021.

Mimi’s warmth and positivity live on in the memories of good times shared with friends and family. In addition to running, Mimi loved hiking, baking, traveling, browsing Pinterest for elaborate birthday ideas for her grandchildren and most of all spending time with cherished family and friends. Never without a smile and a kind word, Mimi made a lasting impression on all who met her.

Her family and friends started #MILES4MIMI in her honor and gathered in Mimi’s memory to run (or walk) the 2021 Smith Point Bridge 5K. They hope this tradition will continue for many years and keep Mimi’s bright spirit alive.”