Saturday, Tony and I competed our first 5K race and survived! Not only did we survive "The Varmint" race but Tony finished 17 overall (out of 78) and 3rd in his age division. I ended up 33rd overall and went home with a 2nd place win in my age division. Not to shabby for first-timers, especially considering the difficulty of the course! And much more impressive than our short run, my brother ran the 1/2 marathon (that's 13.2 miles for those who don't know) and he finished in his best time 1 hour 54 minutes. We are so proud of you Uncle Scott! Here we are just after Tony got his trophy.Here is Drew waiting for Uncle Scott to finish his race. Doesn't he look cute in his little hat.
Just after we finished, Raegan took over my IPod to listen to some tunes. She was too busy listening to music to smile for the camera.
Here we are happy that the race is over and we didn't come in last or get taken out in an ambulance. :) Isn't it beautiful countryside in Burkes Garden!
Raegan, still listening to the IPod while we were waiting for our results.
Naturally, she found a mud puddle to play in. It did occupy her time while we waited for Scott to finish.Here he is kicking it with all he's got to cross the finish line. His buddy Justin is the guy on the right who was running back to cheer him on. Justin finished 3rd OVERALL in the race with a time of 1 hour 22 minutes. Very impressive!! Justin gives credit for his personal best run to Dan and Joan's hot fudge cake he had the night before the race :) We didn't get a picture of his other pal, Jim who also came in to run this race, but he did very well. Here is Uncle Scott and his friend Justin after the race. Does it look like they just ran 13 miles?!
Here is Raegan congratulating Uncle Scott.
Cutie Pie Drew just hanging out on Grandad's shoulder.
And here is crazy girl Raegan sporting her old lady look. This is her precious blankie and she decided it was a little chilly (84 degrees!) so she put her "coat" on and kept saying " Brr cold, I feeze" Such a character, but we love her.
We were all happy to have accomplished our goals. Mine was to run it in less than 30 minutes and I ran it in 29 minutes 54 seconds! Tony wanted to beat 28 minutes, and he ran it
in 27 minutes 33 seconds. Tony also beat a 10 year old boy, and a 55 year old man right at the finish line. He is very proud of that! My brother wanted to finish in under 2 hours and he shaved more than 10 minutes off his best time by finishing in 1 hour 54 minutes. And I should point out that the experienced runners said this was the hardest course they had ever run.