I created the team, Hup Holland, when I signed up for the 5K and encouraged family members to join. I was thrilled when my husband, my brother-in-law, both my sisters, my mom, my niece, and my nephew signed up too. I planned to ask for monetary support from friends and family, but didn't realize just how generous everyone would be. My bone marrow recipient's mother actually made an amazing donation, and she is a big reason for our team's success! I'm happy to announce that our team came in third overall for money raised, and I was second on the individual level. What a wonderful support system we have around us. THANK YOU!
When I signed up for the 5K, I wasn't sure I'd actually be running. I haven't run a 5K in more than a year, thanks to all my back problems. I had been walking a lot lately, though, and even attempted 1 mile runs twice in the previous month. My back wasn't horrible after those, so I figured I'd give it a shot. I could always make it a walk/run, or just walk the whole thing completely. I didn't have high hopes, because my fitness has definitely been lacking lately. Once I started running, though, my pride took over! I decided to force myself to keep running, just to prove that I could. To my pleasant surprise, I was able to run the whole thing without stopping. It really is a mental, more than physical, challenge! My time was 31:54, which is quite respectable for someone who hasn't run that distance in ages.
The more impressive results were the fact that my 23 year old niece had never participated in a 5K race before and finished in 30:29. My 14 year old nephew finished 10th overall and 1st in his age division, with a time of 22:55. Kick ass!
Way to go, Michael!
Before the race, they called up all bone marrow donors, recipients, and patients waiting for donations, to take a picture.
Happy to be a part of this group
Enjoy some more pictures from this fun day!
Can't go wrong with balloon animals!
The 5K girls
Proud of my niece!
Dutch with his cousin and Dad
My mom walked the full 5K, pushing Dutch. Thanks, Mom!
We were up WAAAAAY early for Dutch!
Another 5K in the books for the sisters!