It was a most appropriate way to end Saturday’s Live Uncommon celebration: an athletic activity in which dozens of people went on a fitness run while others took to their bicycles for exercise.
The organization was launched in 2011, the brainchild of Michelle Solis Russell and her husband, Jim Russell. It’s an initiative that emphasizes principles such as family values, work ethic, fitness and health, excellence and a vow to give back to the community.
Live Uncommon held the event at Trinity Bettendorf, with officials announcing plans for 2013 and marking the organization’s top moments of 2012 to an audience of about 60 people.
All of those principles are evident in the report released Saturday. “Live Uncommon is truly driven by the power of one,” Michelle Russell said. “One person can make such a difference.”
The movement’s top supporters were introduced, including Russell Construction Co. of Davenport, Murray’s Warehousing and Active Endeavors, both of Davenport, Orthopaedic Specialists P.C. of Davenport and Moline, and Trinity Regional Health System.
Its support of Project Renewal in Davenport is a good example of what Live Uncommon hopes to accomplish, Michelle Russell said. The social services agency provides a safe environment for children’s educational and recreational activities
during the school year and in the summer.
Live Uncommon members participate in a Project Renewal race called Run for Renewal. Project Renewal received a $2,500 charitable grant from Live Uncommon in 2012. Russell Construction, owned by Jim Russell, donated construction of a new garage.
“This is very much an example of where we are trying to make a difference,” Michelle Russell said.
Also, the 2013 Live Uncommon team was announced. It includes Maddie Case, daughter of T.J. and Tara Case of Eldridge, who is running for the Make A Wish Foundation. Maddie is Iowa’s reigning seventh-grade cross-country champion. Not all members of the team are distance runners, she pointed out. This year’s team also includes Christy Bishop, a swimmer from Rock Island, and the adult members include Jeff Greenley of Bettendorf, who participates in triathlons.
The 2012 team had 25 members who raised $17,500 for area charities and student scholarships.