Two weeks ago, my boy Darren ran in his first-ever 5K race, the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance's Silent No More fundraiser. He ran in memory of my mom, who lost her life to ovarian cancer on August 30, 2004.
Since I'm barely able to walk this year (still wearing the boot), I was really pleased and touched when Darren suggested that he would run in my place.
He spent the summer training, often taking Hudson along on this route, and two weeks ago he finished the race in 29:19, meeting his goal of a sub-30 minute time. And more importantly, he raised over $1300 to help fight ovarian cancer.
I documented his successful racing debut with snapshots and a few videos.
Wearing a sticker with my mom's name on it. That sort of choked me up.
Here's the start of the race. (Notice how I totally jump when the starter pistol is fired.)
The race course was three laps around Lake Cornelia, in Edina, MN. Here's Darren passing me on his second lap. He looked really relaxed and comfortable.
At the finish line!
All in all, it was a great success, and I'm super proud of all the work Darren did. I really hope I'll be able to run with him next year!