Sat, Dec 8
What a great event! The Jingle Bell Run 5K Run/Walk for the Arthritis Foundation was awesome! What a fun morning! The morning for me began rather early – right around 4am – up coughing with yet another cold! I had been determined to try to PR for this race – for my Zachary B! However, after a shorter night’s sleep than planned and not feeling quite up to par I decided that we would run together instead! Originally Mike had said he would walk it, but then he decided to run/walk instead so we met in the middle. My friend, Angie and her friend Ann joined our team soon after we started promoting it! I call them the “Ram Fam on the ground” since they were actually going to be participating in the run itself. The other 35 people who gave generously to the run are the silent supporters, but still a part of the Ram Fam team for sure. I’ll get to them later!
We headed to Legacy this am happy that it was fairly mild outside and just a little misty. I grabbed a quick family photo with the elf guy! Afterall he was the mascot on the website so he was famous!!
There was nice energy happening at the registration area – tons of Christmas red and green, costumes, and of course, jingle bells! We grabbed another pic in front of the Christmas Tree.
We finally met up with the rest of our team and got prepared in our jingle bell run hats that Angie made! She even made one labeled “captain” for Zachy (the status of which he reminded us of quite often!)
Close-ups of the hats because they are totally awesome (and before Henry decides that they are awesome too!)
We agreed to run together and took off when the horn blew! We all stayed together and ran for the first mile and I was really proud of Zach and Mike! Neither one of them run at all and they did great! Then we walked a bit and then took off again. By the half-way point Angie and I were ready to take off a bit. Mike and Zach said to go on ahead so we did! Ang and I came in around 35:20, but for once I really did not care about time. I just wanted to get into position to take pictures of Zach and Mike coming into the finish! I took a video of them coming in. Check it out here! (coming soon)
Here they are after a quick water break!
And a silly one of me and my dude!
Here is a posed pic of the team by the finish. Pay no attention to the clock – we had waited around a bit!
As I mentioned there were a number of crazy costumes there. Here were the winners of the team costumes! You gotta have tutus at every race!!
This lady won first place in individual costume! She also placed in her age group which was over 70, I think. She was cool!!
After they went through all the running awards in all the age-groups they announced fundraising goals. They did not mention the top three team names which I thought was odd, especially since the Ram Fam came in 2nd!! But that was okay because then they announced the top individual fundraisers and first place was Mike Ramsey!!!! Yahoo!!!
The prize was 4 tickets to an event at the Q in January and $100 to Dick’s Sporting Goods! So cool! Wish we could share it with the whole team!
Speaking of the whole team, as many of you know we have been working on fundraising for the Arthritis Foundation for this event for about a month now with much success! Happily we surpassed our initial goal of $2000!!! We are so grateful to all of the people who contributed to this great organization. You are all amazing! Here is our tribute and applause for the Ram Fam Honor Roll:
Kristen & Bruce Barker
Shirley & Rich Berthold
Marian & Al Edmiston
Mary Ann Hanicak
Carla & Heather Mauer
Carol & Dennis McFarland
Laura & Chris Patrick
Ginny & Brian Pillsbury
Sandy & Paul Smith
Steve & Susan Windham
Thank you all and God Bless!!!