The stage was perfect...well almost. A rainy sky had us a little nervous as we unloaded the car early on the 4th of July. When we were 7 & 9 years old, I remember standing in Piedmont Park watching the wheelchairs come flying down the hill...years later I never thought we would be there together. But here we were at the start line of our first Peachtree. Rain or shine we were running!
|Off to the races!|
We've done a lot of racing since we started down this path, but this one ranks pretty high up. 60,000 individuals run this race every year and here we were charging down Peachtree. Even the rain couldn't damper the crowds spirits and we certainly got a lot of encouragement along the way...especially up Cardiac Hill right past Shepherd Spinal Center
, the wheelchair race organizers, who played such a big role in our entry this year!
|Finishing up the last of the hills!|
It's hard to describe how special it is to allow so many others to see the thrill of accomplishment but I know that as we work for more assisted runners next year the effort will have all been worth it. Even charging down 10th street to the finish of our first Peachtree together, I did not fully appreciate how big the moment was. As we stood talking with race organizers, reporters, family & friends, we realized that it was truly a special day and one we will not soon forget. I know that you can expect to see us every year out there, celebrating the 4th, laughing and crossing that finish line for so long as we can!
|Pretending we are famous (THANKS TACOMA)|
Of course a special thanks to Shepherd Spinal Center,
& The Atlanta Track Club
, for making this day possible. We look forward to the continued hard work to help grow the assisted athlete category in The Peachtree. Thanks as well to Fox 5 ATL, for sharing our story
and letting others see just how special this can be.
Thank you all for sharing in our journey! Together We Wheel!