October 2017 will be the seventh anniversary of my running the Nike Women’s Half Marathon with my good friend, Kathy. In addition to making memories, the experience and the previous day’s race associated activities were captured by our friend Rachel Kumar. Her work can be seen at Shot by Rachel. All photos taken by and used with permission of Rachel. She did a wonderful job capturing everything in a documentary style including this active shot in which my eyes are closed, something common for me in photos.
One of the highlights for many racers was finding their name on the wall of runners. Names can be anywhere along the very long and tall wall, and I was lucky to have mine be at a location that I could touch with my finger.
The race was a popular one to enter, so much so that entrants either had to be selected by lottery or, if not selected, raise money through Team and Training (aka TNT). Kathy and I, having not been selected went through TNT and had a wonderful experience. The photo on the right is my favorite posed one from the TNT banquet with an Honoree (a cancer survivor), his sign and myself. On the right is a cropped photo from Rachel highlighting the tiara come I wore after having found the combs on the table from the banquet. In hindsight, it’s quite amazing this comb stayed in my hair for the whole race and beyond.
After the conclusion of the race, it was time to fuel up with some snacks and relax with the warming blankets.
In the end, Kathy and I had run the race for many reasons. These included having fun with a friend, a sense of accomplishment, helping others, and getting the beautiful unique necklace that served as a finishers medal. This necklace will remain one of my most treasured things ever.
Thank you, Kathy, Rachel, TNT, honorees, race participants, organizers and fellow participants and everyone else who made the event wonderful.