* Having the time of my life every Monday evening with our Run For God group. Over 100 "runners" committed to completing a 5k challenge, while strengthening their faith around a shared purpose. By trusting the plan for physical training, most of this group went from struggling through a 60 second walk / jog initial workout to running 3.1 miles on race day. By trusting His plan for spiritual training, our group uncovered truths relative to endurance, counting the costs and doing all to His glory.
* The weather was beautiful, the course was fast, the event was a huge success. Over 420 registrations for a first time event is phenomenal. Given the feedback, next year's event will grow, and will likely be capped, maybe around 500. Running on Lewisville-Clemmons Road is awesome, but it will eventually be too congested. Let's grow wisely.
|A great morning to start a race (exactly on time, I might add)|
* Having access to the Active.com website with "behind the scenes" pages was very interesting. Our registration coordinator did an incredible job and provided me the instructions for entrance to the secret passage for statistical inquiries and searches; very cool!
* The first annual coordinator / volunteer 5k, approximately 1.5 hours after the official race finished. About ten of us took a nice, leisurely run from start to finish of the course. Long after the cones had been removed and most of the runners had gone home. An absolutely perfect way to decompress and debrief. Taken from the tradition of Boston Marathon director, Dave Mcgillivray, we will look to do this again next year; loved it.
|A few of the “Post-5k, 5K” group!|
|Mrs. Running With Horses heading down the course|
|A Shared Moment|
Anyway, I about lost it and blubbered through our final group prayer. A few high fives, a few hugs, a few more pointers, and we were off to the starting line. From that point on, I was on cloud nine. Every time a RFG'er would enter that final stretch, it brought a smile. What a day. In fact, it was such a day that my post-race facebook entry went something like this:
Every once in a while there’s a day, a moment, an event. So “Mountain Top” that you know it will be close to you for the remainder of your life. Not many of them, just a few so that they are extra special. Thank you ROCC RFG’ers. Today was one of them. Today was the day (Psalm 118:24).
A few additional shots:
A few additional shots:
|Doug & Dr. Wiggy (Doug has lost over 200lbs this past year!)|
|In the spirit of this Olympic year - a podium awards ceremony|
|No, he didn’t run the 5k!|