First there is Mary and Greg's daughter, 7-year old Layla. She ran her first 10k run and came in third place with a time of 1:07:53 - beat only by two adults. She's amazing.
|Layla with one of her fans.|
|She was pretty tired after the run, but happy. Little brother Baron|
wants to race too.
Then there was Mary, Greg and Cindy. They went to Vancouver for the marathon - Mary and Greg to run the full marathon and Cindy to run the half marathon. The first ever for all of them.
|SILGreg, DIL Cindy and Daughter Mary before the race|
Cindy's race was first. That's her en route at the front.
|Cindy during the run|
|...and after - still feeling the effects of the run.|
|Greg and Mary|
|I love the way Greg is looking at Mary - he adores her.|
|And at the end of the race.|
Of the race, Mary posted this on her facebook status:
12 years ago today I married my best friend. Today I ran my first marathon with him. I ran the first 10k with him by my side, then I sent him ahead so I could slow down. At 32k I was shocked to find he ran back over a 1km to run the last 10k with me and finish together meaning he ran about 45k instead of 42.2km. I love you Greg! Thank you.
That makes me tear up everytime I read it. They were barely 20 when they got married 12 years ago.
The unsung hero of the day award goes to our son Rob, Cindy's husband. He trained for months for the marathon and was getting great times on his long runs. He was psyched for the challenge of the big race. But a few weeks ago he got injured and has to undergo physiotherapy to correct a pelvic defect he apparently inherited from his paternal grandfather, but which had never been detected. His doctor insisted that he can't run until the issue is corrected. So instead of running, Rob accompanied his wife, sister and brother-in-law and acted as cheer leader, photographer and emotional support from the sidelines. I'm as proud of him as I am of the runners. What a good guy.
|Rob in Vancouver.|