As night fell, they lit the luminarias, paper bags with names of people who have fought this disease. Most were friends or family of the people who had decorated and dedicated them, although I did see one for Frank Zappa. They looked beautiful, a line of soft light stretching around the track.
I walked a total of 8.5 miles, about average for the group. This makes it sound like the event was a health-and-exercise-fest, but really people were plying you with pizza and doughnuts every time you turned around. The champeen walker (and maybe eater) for our group was my brother Rock Fan. He walked 20 miles and literally did not sleep the whole time. As he finished his 20th mile, we made a finish line for him out of a couple of jump ropes and gave him a standing ovation. He was thoroughly embarrassed.
So now everybody is catching up their sleep, recovering from the junk food and the walking and the 2am Trivial Pursuit. I think I'll go do that now.