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My Most Important Race Report to Date!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Fifth Third Bank Too Good For Drugs Jr. Gasparilla Distance Classic Kids Event
Saturday, February 16, 2013

DSSECRETS & I thought this event would be a perfect breakout run event for our Granddaughter, Gianna. It had everything that you would experience in a normal run event but was all about the kids with a great message!

Here's the link to the event so you can see the concept.

It was Race Running 101 for Kids! I can't say enough about the effort made by the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association and all the volunteers! I know I will support and run in the Gasparilla Distance Classic as long as I can run!

Race Check-in & Packet Pick-up.

Of course, we took Gianna over to look at the finish line!

T-Bone got the runners together to show proper race warmup!

He chose Gianna first to show off her dance moves!

She's as shy as her Pops!

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn welcomed the kids to the run!

He was truly great with them and they had fun!

We had time after so Gianna socialized with...

The Triathlon Team Psych Pirate who gave her a new tattoo!

The Ladies from Tampa's own Krewe of Alegria!

Of course, we had to see the booty to be had from this event!

Yes, we are Pirate Country!

Last photo op before the run!

At the starting line!

Mommy saw this and said Gianna's look said, "I have to run how far?"

When the runners took off, the moms, dads, grandparents, and friends dashed across the stadium infield to catch them at the finish line. It was hilarious! Yeah, I was one of them.

It was worth it to catch Gianna coming down the home stretch!

Look at my baby go! She told me she saw the finish line and went for it! As I took that photo, I teared up!

You runners know the drill! You cross the finish line, they put the medal on you,

and you're on top of the world! Here, I was a friggin' mess and couldn't stop the tears!

Finally, Gianna's medal pose!

Every run that Gianna does is more important to GrandmaDarren & Pops than all of theirs' combined! More importantly, it's just seeing her smile! She inspires us beyond boundaries! We are truly blessed!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
IFDEEVARUNS2 2/25/2013 11:58AM

    Such a great race!

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SPARKABELLA13 2/23/2013 6:03AM

    Way to go, G !!!! Loved reading this!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/20/2013 4:49PM

    How awesome!!Thanks for this great race report. Hope I can get one or both of my granddaughters interested. You are a wonderful grandfather! What incredible memories - boosted by pictures -- she'll have of this time of her life. Keep up the great work!!!

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GYMRAT_AT44 2/20/2013 1:44PM

    That is so awesome and wonderful. She will remember that the rest of her life and the time spent with her grandparents. VERY cool event.

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BOILHAM 2/20/2013 8:42AM

    If my granddaughter had run like Gianna did, I would have lost it too. Wonderful blog!

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ONMYMEDS 2/20/2013 8:10AM

    Congratulations, Gianna!! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 2/20/2013 8:08AM

    What an awesome event and I'm so excited for you! She looks very happy! I can jut feel your pride and hers busting out!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 2/20/2013 7:56AM

    How wonderful. She looks so happy. That's the way to think about running and racing - a fun activity.

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PMRUNNER 2/20/2013 5:45AM

    Awesome, thanks for sharing!

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KPETSCHE 2/20/2013 4:16AM

    Awesome report Monty - thanks so much for sharing. Gianna is so lucky to have you and DSSECRETS there to cheer her on!

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WEBEZE 2/20/2013 3:14AM

    What a great report. Gianna looks like she had an awesome time. It is great that you are setting such a good example for her at such a young age. She will have healthy habits that will last a life time.

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ONBEACHSIDE 2/20/2013 1:08AM

    How cool for Gianna! Y'all set great role models for her and if she can learn to love running, she will be set. Impressive girl!

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INBRAZILFORNOW 2/19/2013 10:40PM

    Congratulations to Gianna! What a great day for all - I'm so glad you posted this. It just made my night!

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    Awesome! I am sure you inspire her just as well. Wonderful!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/19/2013 8:36PM

    Way to start her off right, Gramma & Grampa! I can feel those tears of pride and joy from way up here in Nebraska!

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