|My friend Des on left, Me on right|
Advertising as I was, I got there early at 7:30 and the race didn't start until 9:00. It was so cold outside and there was a dusting of snow on the ground. Unfortunately I had to walk through that snow so my feet got wet. My legs and feet were just about numb when we finally started running. It felt really bizarre! I was nearly to the halfway point by the time my legs finally stopped feeling awkward. But I noticed I was hanging with the front of the pack of over 300 racers, which felt pretty cool! At the end there was this kid who had kept about the same distance from me from the start but I was closing the gap. In the final stretch we were next to one another and he looked spent. So I said "C'mon, step on the gas! We're almost there! Don't let me pass you!" We both picked up the pace and brought it home. My time was 23:17 (current 5k PR 23:09), so pretty darn good! Had I known the result I might have pushed to get a new PR. But there's always next time!
|2013 Turkey Trotters|
The race has been nearly all consuming, but I'm loving it! I feel like I am constantly emailing or calling somebody about something. Always organizing and reorganizing. Planning and writing out my to-do lists. But I believe its going to all be worth it. I've been quite touched by the outpouring of support. Family members, friends, local businesses, and complete strangers reaching out to help me in whatever way they can. We've received food donations for our racers to enjoy and gift certificates and items to include in our basket raffle. Kindness, caring, and generosity. Its truly amazing.
I also wanted to share one of my mom's contributions to the cause. She has been sewing these adorable CJ Elephants. Almost all of the materials needed have been donated to her. She charges just $10 per elephant and 100% of that is going to the beneficiaries. If you'd like one just message me here or find my mom on facebook here- CJ Elephant
|Adorable & Squeezable CJ Elephants!|
Medals are in production. T-shirts are in the design stage. I'm lining up times to speak with local radio stations. I think I've put CJ's Resolution Challenge on every race website there is. We're collecting great items to be part of the basket raffle. Things are really coming together. All that's missing is you!!! Discounted registration ends on December 15th, take advantage and register today!!!