Ryan and Rebecca (my sister) and a few of our friends have been training the past few months, and yesterday they all ran in the Country Music 1/2 Marathon.
The weather was gorgeous all morning but by the end of the race everyone was literally racing the clock to beat the hail and heavy winds. A bunch of the marathon runners actually had to be cut short because of the weather - bummer!
Fortunately, our runners all finished before the rain hit hard. It was a great race - and Ry and Rebecca both finished right around 2 hours and 34 minutes.
We had a blast watching, but next year I definitely want to be in the race and not in the crowd!
(Ry's Dad with me at mile 2)
Oliver saw Ryan running past and before we could stop him he started running after him. Ry said it was one of the highlights of his race :)
The cutest part of the cheering section:
Me and my girl watching the full marathon 1st place finishers come across the line
(I think the winner finished the FULL 26.2 miles in 2 hour, 15 minutes or so!!!!!)
At the very last stretch of the race Ry passed us and grabbed Oliver out to finish the race with him. He carried him for a few steps and then set him down so they could run across the finish line together.
(O especially enjoyed all the fantastic snacks waiting for
the runners just across the finish line!)
One of the runners was wearing a shirt that read "Run like there's a tornado chasing you!" and boy was that right! By the time we got home that night the weather was really nasty and we were so glad to hit warm showers and have a safe roof over our heads.
Great work, Ryan, Rebecca, Danielle, Nolan, George, Heather, Kim, and JoEllen!!!