Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Ran the Dayton Air Force Marathon in memory of our friend Julie Schultz this past Saturday. Julie was a Team in Training Alumni and helped raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the fight against cancer. She passed away this past January. Julie talked a lot about running this race this year and since she didn’t get to, we ran it for her.
Me and David, Shannon and Crissy, all friends of Julie’s, went down to Dayton Friday afternoon. Shannon and Crissy ran the half-marathon and David and I ran the full, bright and early on Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day for running, perfect weather with lots of sun and blue sky! The marathon was well coordinated with great volunteers, water stops at almost every mile, and good spectator support. There were about 2,000 marathoners and about 5,000 half-marathoners. It was a good time.
Friends Rachel, Don, Dayna, and Kimberly, TNT teammates came down Saturday morning to cheer us on! They surprised us at the 13.1 mile marker and they were also at the finish line cheering us on. They had awesome enthusiasm for us and some great posters and they really made our day!
David, Crissy and I all had good runs. What was most special was Shannon’s run…
Shannon, who was best friends with Julie, ran her half-marathon in 2:16:58, a personal best and a fitting tribute to a friend who is missed dearly.