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Archive for December, 2010

Christmas Decorations

Monday, December 20th, 2010
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Can you guess which house is ours?  Maybe next year we’ll be a bit more creative.  Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday!  See you in 2011.

Jingle Bell 5k Race

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Back in October I got a phone call from a guy named Bernie Frey who is on the board chair for a local 5k fundraiser race.  His daughter, Heather, raced Lake Placid this year and Bernie was there cheering.  He looked me up after I had won the race and saw that I was from Austin, Tx.  Bernie is from Canyon Lake which is only about 60 miles from Austin.

So, Bernie contacted me to ask if I would race in a local 5k event in December benefitting St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, www.stjudesranch.org, an organization that rescues children who are abandoned, abused, or neglected.  Of course I was honored that he asked and happy to participate in an event for a great cause.

Another special part of this race was that it was honoring a good friend of Bernie’s, 90 year old running legend in the San Antonio running scene, Johnny Calverese (and yes I said 90 years old).  Johnny completed the 5k with his walker in 77 minutes.  Amazing and so inspiring.

The event was a lot of fun and quite painful.  I think it’s been about 2 years since I’ve raced a 5k and forgot how much it hurts.  Ended up 2nd overall as a speedy cross-country runner passed me at 1.5 miles in and was never to be seen again…until the finish.

Hope to make this event a yearly tradition!

Me and 90 year old Johnny.  Notice the beer in his hand!

Me and Santa