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.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Susan G Komen 5K - Wichita Falls, Texas

At the Anchorage airport ready to head to Texas

We arrived in Texas on Friday afternoon...First stop American Girl Store!  We power shopped through the Galleria and hit American Girl Store and Bath & Body Works.  Next up, dinner at the American Girl Bistro thanks to Grandma's birthday gift to Hannah.  Did I mention that she is now 8 years old....I can't believe how fast time has gone  :)  Hannah's American Girl dolls got to join us at the table in their own special high chairs.  The food was excellent and so was the service!

We got on the road to head to Wichita Falls about 5pm.  After figuring out the GPS was on pedestrian mode instead of driving mode, we got on the right track.  We crashed into bed at the hotel about 9pm.  We were up at 6am, had breakfast, and headed to the race.  Sue, the race director for this race, had already alerted the registration table to our arrival.  We were sure shown some Texan hospitality for this race!  The race started at 8:45am and we were off.  It was a hot muggy morning and felt just like our run in Florida.  Hannah chit-chatted with a couple of ladies during the race.  We also had a couple of ladies recognize us from checking out our blog :) 
Pre-Racewarm ups are always so much fun!

Hannah finished the race in 28:36, and was about 30 seconds in front of me.  She didn't place in this race because the youth age group was 18 and under, but I don't think there were too many little ones in front of her.  We will have to check out the official results for a count.

After the race, many people wanted to take our picture, and two little girls asked to have a picture taken with Hannah.  It was sooooo sweet!  We were also interviewed by the local newspaper and thanked by the Mayor for selecting their race for our Texas race.  The best part was the stage introduction and the banner that Hannah received it said....DON'T MESS WITH TEXAS! 

We are so happy we chose this race to do as everyone there was so friendly and kind to us.  Hannah and I both left the race feelings so welcomed and thankful that we chose such a supportive and amazing race to participate in.  We left the race right before a storm hit and are now at our next hotel to go to the Taylor Swift concert at the Cowboy's Stadium.  Should be so much fun! 

Hannah at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium heading into the Taylor Swift concert

Thank you Wichita Falls for putting on such a great race supporting breast cancer research.  We love participating in races that raise money for great causes.  5K in 50 States will never forget the hospitality of Texas  :)

1 comment:

  1. My name is Doug. I am 35. I am working towards the same goal as Hannah. Keep it up!