Monday, August 22, 2011

On Your Mark...Get Set...GO!

The Edmonton Marathon event was on this weekend and some of our kids were involved in the races for the first time.  Mary and Greg have been running for a couple years and were registered for the half marathon (21k) and encouraged the siblings and cousins to train for the 5k run as a starting off point.  Their 7-year old daughter, Layla, is a very good runner too and was registered in the 1k age group race.

Here's how it all shook down.

The first race on Saturday was the 1k age group kids races.

Layla left the rest of the kids in the dust, coming in first by a long shot.

Here she is accepting congratulations and praise from the founder of The Running Room, who sponsored the weekend's events.

Then, in the evening it was time for the 5k. We were so proud of our largely non-athletic kids in their mid to late 30s for training for and completing this event.

Jenn, a 38 year old mother of 5 boys, proud and happy after her first ever official race.

Amy, our 36 year old mother of 4, with the fancy shoes, happy to complete her first official race.

Rob (39) and wife Cindy (36) after successfully completing the 5k.

Our niece, Rachel (31) striding through the finish line at the 5k.

My running kids and the sign we waved at them as they ran by.

Then, yesterday morning Mary and Greg (both 31) got up bright and early on what turned out to be the hottest day of the summer for their half marathon.  Lloyd, Rob, Amy and I  were at the finish line to cheer them in.  They both completed it in just over 2 hours.

These two kids were the inspiration for the others to run and compete.  They all felt so good about their accomplishments and have decided to do the 10k race next year, except for Rob who wants to do the half marathon with Mary and Greg.  And at least two other of our kids have decided to start training and start with the 5k or maybe even the 10k next year.  Lloyd, too, has decided to train for next year's run. He used to be quite the runner when he was these kids' ages.  I'll hold off until I get my arthritic knees replaced with bionic ones.

We're just so proud of them all. 



Anonymous said...

Well done to all of them - especially Layla. I have never been sporty, but I do enjoy walking and swimming.

Holly said...

Good for them, you are one proud Mama!

Mickey said...

running isn't my thing either but I used to really enjoy 5 km charity walks a few years ago!

just call me jo said...

I am ashamed to think of all the sitting I've done while others are walking and running for good causes. I do, however, continue to sit. I admire those who do...I watch.


Congratulations to them all. It was quite an accomplishment. Your cheering them on meant alot, I'm sure. Love that sign. My brother runs marathons at age 51 so I know how much work it is. I have bad knees from arthritis too, so walking is a chore. But back in the day I'd walk 6 miles a day.

Anonymous said...

Best weekend ever. - Mary

Sush said...

Good for them! I like you and others in the familiar age bracket have had to hang up my running shoes. Instead I swim my miles. My kids are all runners and they love it. Happy to see y'all are starting young...too cute!


LaelShine said...

It feels so good to compete and finish any sort of race. You never ever forget the feeling of your first! Congratulations to everyone!

Raindrops and Daisies said...

Congrats to everyone.

Isn't it just fantastic!!!