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Saturday, November 12, 2011


 Team Red, White and Blue

Who We Are

We do not view success in terms of dollars raised, but by relationships maintained.

Team Red, White & Blue is a non-profit organization that brings athletes together. We are a veteran support organization whose mission is to enrich the lives of wounded veterans and their families. Ultimately, we aim to transform the way wounded veterans are reintegrated into society when they return from combat and exit their position in the Active Duty force or National Guard.

Our intent is to create and support a unique community of veterans, their families and friends, and endurance runners to develop the sort of one-on-one, meaningful relationships that transcend short-term fundraising efforts. We feel it is time to give back. It's our turn.

Isn't that wonderful!  I was so excited to run for the benefit of veterans the day after Veteran's Day! I was equally excited that my family could be at this event to see how running can help others!

This is a very small event...probably less than 500 people total between the 5K and 10K.  I like running smaller events and feel quite lucky that I have many options in this area. 

The day started out chilly, but the sun was shining by the start and it was warm.  The course was nice with lots of different scenery.  The crowd support was minimal, but for such a short distance it was not a big deal!

As I said earlier this week I hate 10K's.  They are tough for me.  I had a positive attitude and felt I would do well today.  I did and I am so happy with my effort.  At least for now, I have erased the 10K demon, but it is still my least favorite distance.

The first four miles were easy!  I felt strong and was feeling great.  The last 2 miles were killer.  It was definitely a battle of wills to keep pushing.  I am so thankful that I filled my mind with encouraging scripture and people before the race began.  Thinking about those things helped push me to the finish.

I finished 6.2 miles in 50:05.  I am bummed I missed going under 50 minutes, but it is a 2:30 PR and I will take it!  I finished second in my age group and received a medal for my efforts.  Overall, I would say it was quite a successful day for me!

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