Well, a couple months ago it turned into much more than 'just a race'. Jen had gotten together a group of our friends and other Jacob supporters to run in memory of our little angel. She even designed special running tanks with Jacob's picture that say "I'm running for a Rare ANGEL," complete with ladybugs and the words PERSEVERE ~ NPA on the back. Of course, the minute I found out, I broke out into happy tears because I was so honored that my friends would be willing to pursue a challenge of this magnitude fueled by the love they have for our little man. If you've ever run 13.1 miles, then you know it's not an easy task. There were many miles of training runs, sweat, blisters, and happy tears that went into this race.
Needless to say, I knew that even if I couldn't run the race, our family would 100% be there to cheer everyone on as they crossed the finish line! I even managed to squeeze my baby bump into one of the running tanks, because you know I'll be proudly sporting it post baby and pushing a double stroller. Josh and I wanted to support these amazing ladies just as we've felt supported throughout our journey with and without Jacob. Truth be told...we had a great time cheering on all the runners and felt nothing but JOY watching each of our friends race towards the finish line. Several of us even got a chance to share about Jake with people who inquired about our shirts, which always offers an opportunity to raise awareness.
|6:00 AM pre-race photo with all the beautiful runners with hearts of gold!|
|A beautiful sunrise to greet the runners and perfect weather! Photo cred goes to Linda, as we were watching the race from our hotel room window when the race started. Kelly needed her rest :)|
|At the starting line: Tara, Jennifer, Jen, and Shelly|
|Team Jacob!! Josh stayed up super late making this sign for the race.|
|Some of our awesome cheering squad. You can always use more cow bell!! Grace and Ela were so proud of their momma!|
|Jen running towards the finish and setting her own personal best record. Way to PR girlie!!|
|Post race hugs with a couple of my besties. Kelly's even sporting her cute ladybug dress for the occasion|
|Look at that enthusiasm! Linda and Shanohn rocked their first half!|
|One of my favorite moments of the day was when Jen's daughter, Grace grabbed a hold of our friend Linda's hand to run the last mad dash of the race to cross the finish line together. Melt my heart moment!!|
|These ladies were elated to complete their first half-marathon and I was just on cloud 9 just from watching all my friends achieve their personal goals all in memory of our little angel.|