Nick had a charity golf thing the same morning as the 5k so I opted to take the kids with me-since I wasn't really competing, for me it was a good way to help the family raise money and awareness, and for me (and the kids) to get out of the house and get some exercise.
Preston, Me and Ashleigh
Quinn and Traci arrived. Don't they look cute!? They have been running every other night already so they were much more prepared than I was.
We've arrived at the race! Jana lent me her double jogger stroller--definitely necessary!
Traci, Quinn, Ashleigh, Preston, Jana
Ashleigh and Preston-heading to the start of the race. We were a little late and ended up crossing the start line almost 3 min in to it. Oh-well-like I said, I wasn't in a competition, I was there for fun!
Quinn and Traci went a head of us. I think they were really going to try to push themselves and do a good run.
Jana and I stuck together and ran when we could, walked when we couldn't run, and stopped when the kids were in need of something-get in the stroller, get out of the stroller, "Jana, hold me", "I want a snack", "I need a drink of water", etc...
That police car is supposed to be at the back of the pack, but because we were so late, they went ahead of us.
We were able to pass them many times over though!
I had to take this picture of Preston--he threw a little fit cause I wouldn't let Jana hold him anymore--I told him he could either walk or go back in the stroller. He chose to lag behind and pout and whine for us. Eventually we got him back in the stroller.
Can you see the people behind us? ha ha...we were not in last place! woo hoo!
Ashleigh decided she had had enough and took a ride in the stroller. She was great--never complained-except when Preston hit her. And she saw a couple of her friends at the race too.
At the last turn before the finish line I saw these people--then I read the signs they were holding- "I'm Austin's MOM" "I'm Austin's DAD"
Oh man, I literally just burst in to tears! (I am again while I write this!) I handed Jana the stroller and I went over and gave them both a big hug and said "God bless you both! Our prayers are with you both and Austin! Thank you for organizing this so we could be able to help!" And I just cried!!! Austin's mom started crying too. It was such an emotional moment! I just can't imagine my child being so sick and not being able to fix it like you can when your child just has a cold. They are amazing people. I am so glad I was able to meet them!
After the race they handed out cut up bananas and oranges and gave out bracelets and metals--see the necklaces they are wearing? then get got a big group picture of all the participants-should be on their web site soon. I took this picture with my camera while sitting down after they finished taking the group pic...I was sitting right in front of Austin's mom and dad and Spiderman. Preston thought that was pretty cool!
Before we left Preston kept pointing out Spiderman so we asked if we could get a picture with him. Preston decided that Spiderman is much like Santa--cool from a distance, but up close he's a litte more scary. He didn't cry for the picture though, I think that was mainly due to Quinn holding him.
Another sideways one--dang it!
Had to get another picture of Quinna and Traci with Spiderman.
This was an awesome experience and I am SO glad we all did it together! I hope that we do many more in the future! :)