There were lots of dogs. Labs, miniature toy poodles, mutts, standard poodles, rottweilers... all kinds of dogs. My husband said he saw a fluffy corgi cross the finish line. I also saw two people on crutches. One was a teenage boy who appeared to be there with his family. The other one was an adult man who just didn't look like he belonged there. The weather was truly beautiful. It was sunny with a slight breeze at times. This man on crutches wore a dark long sleeved shirt, black jeans and huge-soled black shoes. Everyone else was pretty much dressed in shorts and t-shirts. Or running pants and t-shirts.
Along the route were volunteers, marching bands, radio stations, cheerleaders and other people to cheer us on like usual. At the 1st and 2nd mile markers there were water stations. The most organized of all of them were the Harley Davidson people. There were at least a dozen all dressed in their leather gear and black t-shirts with pink lettering that read "Tough Enough to Care". They were revving up their engines, clapping for people, and giving walkers and runners high-fives.
One fellow had a bike with a keyboard and a speaker. My mother-in-law saw him at the beginning of the race. He had the biggest, widest grin on his face while he clapped to the music. A little while later he was at another place on the route. Some of the other bands there were Savvy Gordon G, Eric Dove, The Klatt Brothers, and Hope Vitellas. Towards the end of the race no bands or anything were around and up pops the guy with the bike again. He still had that grin on his face. It looked a bit like Marty Culp's smile.
At the end of the race Kroger always has food for the racers. Water, apples, bananas, granola bars, and bagels. There were so many people there all of the granola bars were gone. Walking by the finish line on our way to the starting point, I think I counted 20 tables of food. They were down to 8 when we got there.
Normally my mother-in-law and I will talk on the walk but we didn't do much talking this year. I think maybe we got caught up on all of the family stuff the last few weeks. Her dad (my husband's grandfather) has been ill and everyone's been checking up on my job hunt.
I exceeded my sponsorship goal of $200 and have raised $230 so far. Thank you cards are trickling out to everyone that sponsored me.
There are always times during the race when I get choked up with emotions. The pink placards people wear on their backs in celebration or memory of people tell so many stories. It's especially touching when you see families do the 5K together to support loved ones who have fought the disease.
My mother-in-law wants little ~C~ with us next year but I think he'll still be in Ecuador. If he's here, we'd let him ride in his stroller. :)