Team 5K in 50 States

Team 5K in 50 States: Hannah and Auntie Jennie

Running Buddies: Auntie Shauna, Owen (brother), Dad (Justin), and Uncle Greg.

Cheerleaders: Mom (Nicole), Grandma, Grandpa, Ava (AKA Suzy-Q, cousin), Baby Kaelyn (cousin), Grammy Farr, and Grandpa Tom.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Truffle Shuffle 5K - Overland Park, Kansas

Hannah, Ava, and I arrived in St. Louis on Thursday after spending a week in Disney World.  I repacked for our trip to Kansas the next day.  We set out at 10am on Friday for the 4 1/2 hour drive to Overbrook, Kansas.  Quite the undertaking with a 7 year old and a 1 year old :)  We ended up driving through a midwest thunder and lightning storm for 1 1/2 hours.  It was raining so hard that we had to yell to each other in the car just to communicate! We could even hear the thunder over the rain while driving down the interstate.  This was Hannah's first time seeing lightning.

We went to the new American Girl store in Kansas before going to pick up our bibs.  The ladies at the American Girl store gave Hannah a cool poster, calendar, and magazine.  They loved hearing her talk about running her races.  I think Hannah wants to visit all of the American Girl Doll Stores...good thing we plan on running in all 50 states. 

The race coordinator was distributing bibs and was so excited that we had chosen the Truffle Shuffle as our Kansas race.  It is always fun to share our 5K in 50 state mission with the people we meet at each race!
Saturday, the morning of our race was a blustery 22 degrees.  We also had cold midwest winds blowing through.  Hannah and I geared up in every layer we brought and prayed it was going to be enough. Having just come from running in Florida, the 22 degree weather seemed really cold.  Our black and pink tutus sure got us a lot of attention!  Everyone was asking us how many states we have done and where we are from.  The people at this race were so friendly.  We trecked out into the cold at 8:30am, and off we went.

The race photographer got some awesome action shots of us while we were running.  There was a little girl wearing blue and pink who was our pace setter for a while.  Hannah would pass her, then she would pass us.  We passed her and stayed in front a little past the second mile.  The last quarter mile was tough as our faces and legs were getting numb and cold.
Hannah and I crossed the finish line in 32:33 while the DJ (named BJ) announced us crossing the finish line!  We were glad to be done and go inside to thaw out.  More people came to talk to us after the race and to tell Hannah good job in the race.  The race coordinators gave both Hannah and I a gift certificate for Road ID.  We had a lot of fun at this race and are so glad we picked it to be our Kansas race.
Hannah was in a large age group for this race, females ages 15 & under.  Her time was good enough to place 2nd!!  She was so excited.  Below is a picture of her with her 2nd place certificate.  Thank you Truffle Shuffle for a fun-filled race!

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