Sunday, October 2, 2011

Skirt Chaser 5k

Yesterday was the day! The day that 20 new runners, run/walkers and walkers crossed the finish line of what was for many of them their first 5k. It was such a privilege to be part of their journey. For many of them it was a journey back to themselves, for some a journey to a whole new self. I hope that they have all been changed by this experience in some way. I know I have. It was as much a journey for the motivators as it was for the racers. Many thanks to Nicole DeBoom and Skirt Sports for sponsoring such a great program.

As usual the weather in Colorado can do anything and we had an absolutely beautiful, if a little to hot (85ish degrees!) day. The race started at 3 which was a little different experience for me. We arrived a little early for photos and interviews. Rebecca had a goal for running the whole race so that's what the plan was. I had no doubt that she would be able to do it. She had put in the training and was a very motivated racer!


Me and "my racer" Rebecca


Nicole DeBoom gives us a little pre race pep talk


One of the other personal motivators, Sammy, and I looking a little matchy.


And we are off!


Just after the start headed back toward the stadium.


A little over 1/2 way looking back at the stadium and downtown Denver.


Rebecca looking strong and still smiling as we run around the field.


We finished the race strong and completed the goal to run the whole way! We were able to push the pace a little and finish in 38:33 according to my watch. Official time was 39 something, I think that must have been gun time.


After the race we enjoyed some music from "That Eighties Band" and a little food and a few drinks. It was nice to meet Rebecca's husband and girls as well as have the chance to chat with a few other racers and personal motivators. It was a great day!

17 comments:

ShutUpandRun said...

Awesome job, bet you were a great mentor!!

Matthew Smith said...

It looks like you had a terrific race. The weather looks awesome! I'm glad it was fun.

Terzah said...

Yay Rebecca (and good job Julie keeping her motivated!). It WAS hot, but it looks perfect for a party. :^)

Jim ... 50after40 said...

Awesome! I love downtown Denver, so beautiful ... plus, a bunch of gals running in skirts ain't too shabby either - ha! Great race!

Kathleen said...

What a great day! It really sounds like you both got a lot out of this experience.

Aimee said...

Sooo awesome! It sounds like you were a great motivator and you and your girl had a great race!! :)

Jill said...

Congrats to your racer, Rebecca...you did an awesome job getting her through and I hope you guys continue to keep in touch and keep her running strong. :)

Loved meeting you today, I think I could sit and talk to you for eternity!!!

xo

Jennifer said...

Way to go Rebecca! And Julie! What a great race!

Diana said...

That's great-what fun for you and your racer! Congrats to you both-how fun to be a mentor!
Sweet how you ran through the stadium...btw, my team beat that team yesterday!

Big Daddy Diesel said...

Congrats to the both of you!!!

I am jealous that you were able to race on the field

SMAKmaria said...

Congratulations! Thanks so much for your hard work, inspiration, and for helping make the 4th annual Skirt Chaser 5k the best event ever!

Christi said...

Great job to the both of you!

Happy Runner Girl said...

Hey!

I think you maybe met Abbie? She was at the skirt chaser. You should come and run with us on a Sunday if you can! The 9th we won't meet but after that...check out www.arvadarunningclub.com

It is the best running group EVER!!! Like your blog!

sugarmagnolia70 said...

That looks like SO much fun! Wish they had that here where I live!

Heather @ The World Through My Eyes said...

How great!! How did you get involved as a mentor?

Isabel McD said...

Thank you Julie!!!! We loved having you involved!

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