A couple of weeks ago, Anna, one of my recent brides, approached me with an opportunity to help out with a charity event for a mutual acquaintance, Kevin, whose daughter is suffering from Juvenile Morphea Scleroderma.
You may have noticed in their photos, that this particular bride and groom are SERIOUS fitness enthusiasts. They happen to attend the same gym, Carolina Crossfit, that our mutual friend attends. So they decided that the charity event would be a 5K run carrying up to 45 pounds of sand. This is not a “juice bar and 5 minutes on the treadmill” sort of gym.
If it were 10 degrees colder it would have been a perfect day. However, it was close enough for good friends and a good cause. Here are a few from the day.
Meet the enemy. Each bag is 10 pounds of dead weight, wet, merciless sand.
This of course, is Anna and Warren, in usual excellent form.
Even the kids were in on the fun as a special obstacle course was set up for them.
Then it was run time.
The gentleman you see in the lead above and below, Matt, can run like a deer. He actually crossed the finish line in just over 26 minutes. 5k, 45lbs of sand, running a course with 1/4 mile hills of loose powdery sand. Pretty impressive.
Meet the female winner, Brandi, who finished just a minute or two after Matt and Also carrying 45 lbs. Truly awesome.
At the end of the day, Kevin and his family were presented with two giant checks. A truly wonderful event with so many good people.