Saturday, May 13, 2006

Race for the Cure

I went to bed last night with 60% of my fund raising goal reached. I thought, well, what I was able to raise will do good, even though I didn't meet my goal. This morning at 6:30a, I decided to check my email before I went to the race. To my pleasant surprise I had an email titled "Congratulations, you've reached your fund raising goal!" I was stoked! Dillon's dad made the last donation that put me to my goal. The support of my sponsors (and husband) really motivated me throughout the race. Thanks sponsors!!!

Steve Oliver

Lori Olson

The Bill Kennedy Family

Norma Mitchell

Doug and Kathleen Craven

Cheryl Rasband

I was also motivated by the cause. It felt really good to be out there physically doing something and knowing that I, so many others and our sponsors were funding and supporting life saving research and awareness. I was most of all motivated by my sister Sasha (Dillon's little sister). We've only been sisters for a little over a year and a half now, but I love her very much. She is living all the way up in Alaska, but I felt very close to her today as she was in my thoughts even more than usual.

It was a beautiful day to run. The sun was out and there was a breeze. Some people that had raced the prior year told me that it was 40 degrees and raining race day last year. Yuck!

I started out right behind the elite runners - which I wasn't supposed to do. Based on how long it takes me to run a mile, I should have been in the very back of the runner's section. I got passed... a lot! But it was fun to be up front for a little while and not be last!

My unofficial time for this 5k was 40:35. I paused my watch when I got to the water station. My asthma medication makes my mouth so dry! My official time was more like 41:35.

About 2 minutes before the race began, they announced that over 12,000 people had registered for the race and people were still registering at that time. There was such a great feeling in that giant crowd of people.

There were moms, dads, children, and grand parents there that have been affected by breast cancer at some point. A special shirt was given to the survivors that where there. Many wore the names of the people that inspired them to be there. It was all very touching.

Click here to see the news coverage of the race. In a couple of days you can visit the komen.org to view pictures of this race. Prior event pictures are posted also.

My Shirt

3 comments:

Mama Hawk said...

I love your energy and I LOVE YOU :)

Sasha said...

Too many feelings to even begin to sum up what I'm experiencing right now. I just found out about this run tonight from momma. I'm so honored, so touched. You are an incredible woman and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your support and wonderful spirit. I can't wait to see you guys in just a few weeks. I love you.

Cerra Hawkins said...

I took a nap today and dreamt that we were together - you, mom and me. We were just all chillin' together and laughing, nothing too interesting, but I woke up with a warm fuzzy – we were having such a great time. Love you both!!!