Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,--Hebrews 12:1

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Great Running Weekend!

This weekend was great to be a runner!

Saturday morning started with the Fly Like an Eagle 5K, not as a runner but as race director. This was our third annual race to benefit Vilonia Cross Country, and our most successful so far. We're still waiting on the last couple of checks from the online registration company, but it looks like we'll clear significantly more than last year.

This race funds some extra rewards for our kids that aren't included in our program's budget. It lets us pay for t-shirts and hoodies for our athletes, meals on the road once in a while, and for hotel rooms for faraway meets. Our kids run all summer to be ready for fall. Once school starts, they show up for practice at 5:30 in the morning four days a week, then on Friday afternoon too. And most weekends, their Saturdays are spent traveling to and from, and competing at meets. At the peak of our training, some of our kids will be running up to 70 miles per week. As hard as our kids work to represent our school, we like to be able to reward them, and this race helps make that possible. Thank you to everyone -- runners, sponsors, and volunteers -- who helped make this successful!

Yesterday afternoon, I had a great run at the Arkansas 10 Mile Classic in Little Rock. That race benefits the Cabot Band program. The weather was as nice as could be expected for a 5 PM mid-April race, and it made for a great run. By the grace of God, I dropped five minutes and ten seconds from last year's race, finishing the race in 1:22:40.

I am so thankful that God makes it possible for me to run!

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