Last month Mark and the six oldest children ran the Marine Mud Run. It’s a 5K with lots of mud and water obstacles. Our oldest daughter, Amber (16), ran it last year and at that point we knew that we wanted to be involved again this year. Since it was only 4 weeks after my c-section for Nate I was exempt and happily accepted the role of watching the youngest 5 children.
It was doubly fun this year because our long-time family friends were also running. Doug, ran with their five oldest children and Anna joined me with their youngest five.
Here is a little of what our morning looked like with the dads and 11 children running and the moms and 10 children cheering them on.
The ‘cheering’ team:
The Olive racing team, before:
The Olive racing team, after:
The color change of the clothing is not a problem with the camera or lighting, it’s mud. At one point in the race I didn’t even recognize Carter because his shirt was so orange.
The ‘cheering crew’ had a great view of our racers coming through this sandpit crawl and cheered as each member of our ‘racing crew’ came through.
After about 5 or 6 of our racers had come through, a lady standing beside us incredulously asked, “How many people do you have in the race?”
These tunnels are close to the end of the very grueling course so I was surprised to see Alyssa (12) all-out sprinting up the hill leading to them….
….until I saw that her little sister Sadie (9) was right on her heels. Both girls had excellent times and both placed third in their respective age divisions.
Carter (10) also placed third and Kaitlin (14) placed second.
Our family has enjoyed being involved in running. It’s inexpensive and something that we can all do together. We’re planning on the whole family entering the next 5K, sponsored by Chick-Fil-A with an opportunity to win food for a year!