Fast forward to yesterday and Wingman and I headed out to East Brunswick, NJ. We arrived at Cathy and Paul's house in the morning. Carolyn and her boys, Danny and Nico, and Rosanna and her daughter Juliana came to Cathy's house before the race. Even my aunt Katherine tagged along. We formed a caravan and drove to the race start. We were missing my cousin Cindy because she had to work and couldn't get out of it, but she sent her husband Jim and their daughters Kathryn and Lauren. Michael had plenty of people representing him.
This event had a few races - a kids pumpkin dash, 1 mile fun run, 5k and 10k. We were split between the 1 miler and 5k. Carolyn was the official photographer for the 5k race. Carolyn, Aunt Katherine, Cathy, Rosanna, Juliana, Danny, and Nico rounded out the cheering squad after their 1 mile fun run.
The course was a simple out and back. It gave us all plenty of opportunity to see each other on the course and cheer each other on. I have to say I was so proud to see Kathryn and Lauren running out there. The Wingman saw Kathryn running on her own and doubled back to run with her and coach her to the finish. Jim and Paul stayed with Lauren and got her through the race.
Overall it was a great family event. I was so grateful to everyone that stepped up to help Michael with his promise. It truly made my day and next year we are all planning to do this again!!
Lauren and Kathryn before the race. Clearly someone
is proud of her race number!
Wingman and Danny finishing up the 1 mile fun run
Danny making some adjustments to his race shirt
Carolyn trying to give the illusion she's
running in with Nico
Cousin Cathy and Aunt Katherine
Our cheering squad, ready to go!
Nico, Danny, Juliana and Rosanna
Kathryn finishing her 1st 5k under the
watchful eye of Coach Wingman
Paul, Jim and Lauren. Seriously, she gets
major style points for this finish!!
Someday my hair will bounce this nicely when I run
The whole crew!!
Michael, your family came through for you yesterday,
but I know you were there running with all of us.