Monday, February 16, 2009

Day after the 26.2 with Donna National Breast Cancer Marathon


This past weekend was the marathon to fight breast cancer. My husband's sister and her friend flew down from Juneau, Alaska to run this marathon. Megan (sister-in-law) and Linda (her friend whose mother and sister are both breast cancer survivors) did fantastic! We are so proud of both of them. In addition to us four, my husband's grandparents from Ottawa Lake, Michigan flew down, Linda's mother and nephew flew down from Long Island, New York and their friend Heidi, flew in from Boston, MA. Our job was to cheer the runners and walkers on until we dropped and boy did we. It was amazing, and the funny thing was, the runners kept thanking us for being there, and we kept thanking them for running it!

Megan and Linda designed t-shirts especially for the race... had them printed up and presented us cheerleaders with shirts to wear as well. And I guess great minds think alike because we made t-shirts to wear while cheering.... Team Megan and Team Linda... So we wore both to the marathon. "Wild Salmon Run and So Do We" I think they should upload their designs onto CafePress and sell shirts.
Anyway, they did great, Megan finished the race at 4:14:14 and Linda did it in 4:59:19. There were over 7000 runners either running the whole marathon or runnning/walking the half marathon. The course included a beach portion (one way) and a bridge (both directions at the beginning and ending of the race).
It is the day after the marathon and all is quiet. We haven't heard from the runners or our fellow cheerleaders yet (its 11am). I am hoping that means the beds at the hotel are extra comfortable and everyone slept great! We are supposed to meet at the beach later this afternoon for a dinner courtesy of Megan and Linda with goodies they brought down with them from Alaska.