After almost missing the start of our last race, we made sure we arrived in plenty of time for this race. We selected this race because the Get Well Gabby Foundation is raising money for pediatric cancer research. Gabby was a 5 year old little girl who lost her battle with brain cancer just 63 days after her diagnosis. This September marked the 1 year anniversary of her passing. Her parents, John and Carolynn, set up this foundation to raise money for childhood cancer research as well as to carry on the memory of their beautiful daughter. We had the opportunity to meet Gabby's parents at the race.
Pre-race warm ups were super fun and much needed after our 6 hour drive in the car the day before :) It was a beautiful sunny day for the race and were thankful the race started at 9am so it wasn't too hot. This course was our most challenging course of our 4 for this trip and was mostly a cross-country course with a few parts on a paved path.
Even though we had an early start, it heated up fast and we were thankful for the cold water at the water stations to dump on our heads! We huffed and puffed our way to the finish line with a time of 30:44. Hannah finished 3rd in her age group and was thankful for the post-race stretching by a local chiropractor!
Hannah also was able to get her nails painted with Piggy Paint who is a big supporter of Get Well Gabby and donate 25% of their profits to the foundation.
Hannah was asked by the Get Well Gabby Foundation to be their ambassador for Alaska! As we run our future races around the United States, we are going to take the story of Gabby with us to spread the word about this Foundation for pediatric cancer research. If you would like to read more about Gabby and the Foundation's mission, please go to http://getwellgabby.org/