The beads have been counted! Yes, I counted every single bead! I wanted to now how many laps were walked by those who chose to donate and get a necklace! We had a bit of a tangle with the necklaces themselves so we haven't been able to get an accurate count on those, but beads we can count!
Fortunately the beads came in bags of 500[-ish, but we went with it, and next year we will weigh them!], so it was an easy count going into the tubs. Last night I did the final re-count and we gave away a grand total of 3,712 BEADS! That is three thousand, seven hundred and twelve beads for those who had a necklace! Pretty impressive!
We also gave free necklaces to all survivors, but we didn't catch all the survivors before their purple shirts were off so next year [we learn from our mistakes :) ] we will announce it or hand them out at the opening ceremonies. That way every single survivor can count their laps!
It's a pretty impressive number, and we want to double it for next year!