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The purpose of this editorial is to acknowledge and thank all of those at George Mason University and in the Fairfax community that contributed to the major success of the fourth annual No Fear in Love 6-mile Race on Feb. 23. To all of those who utilized their time, resources, and energy, this poem is dedicated to you.

No man is an island,

Entire of itself,

Every man is a piece of the continent,

A part of the main . . .

— John Donne

This simple, yet profound truth by Donne communicates the power of achievement being made possible with the help of others. Indeed, no man is an island. My personal experience has taught me that greatness is never achieved solo. For every grand achievement in life, there are small and large generous acts of hospitality from others that make possible your dreams. This has been my experience with directing the No Fear in Love 6-mile Race for the past four years. Every day heroes, now friends, have opened their hearts by contributing in some aspect to making this incredible vision a reality.

The 2014 No Fear in Love Race Committee would like to thank those persons at GMU and the Fairfax community that made the event so successful. Because of your kind contribution, we are closer to our goal of awarding a 16-24-year-old dating violence survivor a one year scholarship to attend Mason. Thank you. We would like to especially thank Lisa (Cunningham) Sevilla, Anne Nicotera, and the whole Communications Department for sponsoring and advertising the race; Josh Cantor in Transportation Services for donating shuttle services; Marilyn Clark for marketing the event; Krystin Kauzor, Trina Chisholm, Cameron Miner and Rasheeda Mitchell for pre-race activities and volunteering race day; Jeanmerie Lagos for marketing and running; Brenden Baker for the purple and multi-colored bags; Chris and Kelly for the songs; Olivia Gardner of Alpha Phi Omega for the volunteers, Lori Yi for the Mason marquee; the GMU ITU Dept., along with WGMU Radio, student centers, and all the amazing teachers, faculty and departments at GMU; and the 16-24 year old supporters and volunteers that marketed the race tirelessly.

We also would like to thank Kate Yanchulis of The Fairfax Times for her amazing article; Veronica Santos with Comcast Newsmakers for the interview; and the following Fairfax businesses for their generous support: Wegmans, Safeway, Shoppers, Reston T-shirts and Graphics, The Greene Turtle, Bollywood Bistro, Giant Grocery Stores in both Oakton and University Mall, Pacers, Einstein Bagels, Auld Shebeen, Paisano’s Pizza, Zoe’s Kitchen, Golfsmith, Freddy’s Steakburgers, Piero’s Corner, Joy Unlimited, and the Fairfax Ice Arena.

Karen Bontrager, Fairfax

The writer is director of the fourth annual No Fear in Love Race.