Last weekend we drove down to Fredericksburg, VA for the Historic Half Marathon, part of the Marine Corps Marathon series of races. Which by the way DH and Zachary are registered for the Marine Corps Marathon on October 27. So, you will hear more on that later.
DH and Zachary are running buddies. They started running together when Zachary was 7 years old and we lived in CA. As part of the Big Sur Marathon, a 3K kids run was held the day before the marathon. The 3K was part of an iniative to get kids running called Just Run for Kids. There were other kids run runs associated with larger 5K races around the area and Zachary ran in several of those. When we moved out to the east coast the boys started running 5K races together. They then started going longer distances; The Navy 5 Miler, Shamrock 8K, Marine Corps 10K, and now a Half Marathon.
To say I am proud of Zachary and this accomplishment is an understatement. I stood at the finish line waiting for them to cross with a huge knot in my throat, my heart was so swollen with pride. The boys finished the race in 2 hours 15 minutes. Of the 7,700+ runners at the race, 44 of them were under the age of 14. Less than 200 were under the age of 18.
People all along the race course cheered Zachary on. After the boys had finished and were resting a bit a gentleman came up to Zachary and asked his age. When Zachary told him he was 13, the man shook his hand and said "do you know what I was doing at the age of 13?" He told Zachary how impressed he was by doing the race at his age. Sometimes, as parents, we wonder if we're doing a good job it moments like those that confirm to us that we're doing okay.
Here are a few photos from our weekend:
Start / Finish Line
Piper w/ the dog Piper the girl at the Race Expo
Race Expo, I imagine someday Piper will be joining the boys on the races.
Monkeys jumping on the bed. I don't think this is the best way to rest up for a race.
Congratulations on an amazing accomplishment Buddy!