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First Light L'arche Mobile Marathon (with lots of pictures!)

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Well, I did it! Managed to finish the half marathon in 3 hours, 31 minutes. Not our best time but my only goal was to complete it. The pulled muscle in my glute is sore but OK; as long as I kept my stride short it seemed fine. I think the glute muscle is on the mend but it still lets me know if it's being overused.

It was a good-value race: A pasta pre-race dinner AND a post-race meal included in the price. The post-race meal was either a BBQ beef or BBQ chicken sandwich with cole slaw, beans and rice, pasta salad, cobbler, and ice cream.

The route was flat (yay) and beautiful, winding through historic neighborhoods of antebellum homes with yards full of live oaks. TC LOVES live oaks and took tons of pictures of them!

This marathon benefits the L'arche Mobile which is an organization that works with people with intellectual disabilities. Most of the residents have lived for years in institutions and have had little or no contact with their biological families. Anyway, at the finish line, the medals were being handed out by community members and in fact, the medals are constructed by them!

They are pieces of wood that have been painted, with a sticker on the front and decorations on the back. While the back of each medal is similar they are each unique. HOW SPECIAL IS THAT!? Several racers we talked to agreed that these were their most cherished race medals, knowing that the community members lovingly hand-created each one!

When we went to pick up our packets the day before the race, these lovely lasses were available for photo ops. Anyone who knows TC would NOT be surprised that he had to get in on the action! (eyeroll from me)

Us before the race:

Pictures of live oaks. If you live in the deep south, you know how special they are. If you don't, like us, you can't help but be captivated by them!

He LOVES to take pictures of me from behind. Probably a result of all the years I wouldn't let him take pictures of me from the front!

Oh, back to the live oaks:

The finish line. TC thought the lovely lass on the left had a "come hither" look for him. LOLOLOL

Community members handing out medals:

The medal!

All in all, it was a GREAT race and I'm glad we finally got down here to do it. The weather was great and the race volunteers were AWESOME. Now we are off to Florida, but that's another, and not very happy story. More on that in another blog.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
AJDOVER1 1/14/2013 6:09PM

    wow. you are so blessed to share something so special with your DH! I got choked up reading this.

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NANCY- 1/14/2013 8:00AM

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WTG on being mindful of your glute muscle. I'm glad that you were well enough to do it.

Looking at your pics I think I had a doll dressed like those girls.
BTW ...more congrats... onto the last week of the 21 day vegan kickstart! Scott Jurek's Kickstart page was enlightening.

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MEADSBAY 1/13/2013 9:48PM

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You two are a great team, aren't you?

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EBEAMS 1/13/2013 9:30PM

    Hip Hip Hurray! Congrats! Looks like a very lovely day to share this incredible experience! My hat is off to both of you!

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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2013 7:15PM

    How wonderful that you participated in this special half for such a special cause. L'Arche was founded by a Canadian . . . Jean Vanier, sond of former Governor General Georges Vanier . . . and there are shelters all over the world.

They do wonderful "non-institutional" work (Jean welcomed the first members of the community into his own home) and so it's not surprising those medals are all individual and personal.

Yay you!! So proud of you!!

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KENDRACARROLL 1/13/2013 6:27PM

    Awesome! Great job! Congratulations! Well done!!!!
Love your pictures!

Safe travels.

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BOOKAPHILE 1/13/2013 5:53PM

    You add so many interesting photos to your blogs. Congratulations on your race finish. I notice that 3+ hours of walking has placed you firmly at the head of the step count between us for today. Well done.

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NEW_PARADIGM 1/13/2013 4:33PM

    Great race blog! I'm curious to go find and read more about those gorgeous trees! Congrats on your finish! You're looking WONDERFUL!

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WILLOWBROOK5 1/13/2013 4:11PM

    Congrats on the race! What great pictures. Thanks for sharing. Those trees are something else and the gals in their hoop dresses are too!

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FREELADY 1/13/2013 3:50PM

    YOU DID IT! Three cheers for you guys! That is so thrilling.

I am simply delighted to see all these pictures. What a treat to get a peek into your wonderful adventure.

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