The Dallas White Rock marathon benefits the Scottish Rite Hospital located in Dallas Texas and below I have attached two different links from the past weekend there, where I had the opportunity to help a little girl, Ryanne who lost both of her legs and part of her arm to a birth defect race in her first marathon.
The only thing I asked of her was by the time we crossed the finish line she must come up with 5 athletic goals/dreams to follow and she did. Also during the race she made 15 out of 17 baskets with her water cup....while on the move. At mile 25 we stopped and switched chairs so she could race to the finish line....amazing. I aslo had the opportunity to race with another little girl Cydney on the saturday before the marathon....good job Cydney! http://www.dallasnews.com/video/dallasnews/hp/index.html?nvid=412492
Running the USATF Certified .5 Mile paved oval in Murrell Park, Flower Mound Texas was a run to remember. A special thanks goes out to Robert Tavernini and his wonderful aid-station crew, Carson, Madilynn and Dave for showing up to keep me moving. I have never ran around in a circle for more than 12 laps until now, the race took me to the 100 mile mark completing 197 laps for an official finish.
I will say it was very nice to be recognized by the USA Track and Field, especially since it was an ultra running distance and thank you goes out to those who put my name in the hat.
Every time I run a race it is not done alone....there are many who stand behind me and support me. The last 25 miles of this race I used them all to keep me strong, so thank you. Carson, Madilynn and Drake...your the BEST! A Step Ahead Prosthetics (Erik Schaffer C.P., Al, Dennis, John and Junior) for all the time and effort put into getting my leg ready, Dave Balsley for allowing me to get a few late night runs in and Barbara Cronin for keeping me company, Cate and Hemsley for "The little engine that could", Mom for always flying in so I can go, Victoria and Sofia for the constant mental thought to "Suck it up!", the entire Junior Team and Priscilla for the music along the way and to anyone I may have missed, Thank you!