About a week before the race, I asked family, friends, and Facebook mommas in a variety of baby loss groups if they would like me to add their babies' names to my race t-shirt. The response was overwhelming, and my race t-shirt was filled with the names of those claimed by early pregnancy and infant loss.
|The names of all the babies on my shirt are listed below under today's forget-me-not. |
There are also close-ups of the shirt below if you are trying to find your baby's name.
This is the third year I have run this 5K, and I love that it is at the end of September right before October which is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.
|The logo for the race shirt this year. I love it!|
|My friend Jaimee who came with me to remember Angel and babies lost too soon!|
|Getting ready for the balloon release!|
|Her name attached to the balloon. :-)|
|The balloon release - overcast but beautiful.|
And I really believe that is why my run times for this 5K have improved each time I've run this race.
In 2012, I ran this course in 35:15. In 2013, I ran it in 32:15. And this year, I ran it in 29:41 at a pace of 10:16. This beats my best 5K at 29:58!
I couldn't be more please with my performance - for Angel and for all babies lost too soon!
As I already said, today was awesome, and I enjoyed spending it with some awesome people!
|Runners and walkers at the 5K!|
Angel Wills Angel Baby Reites Angel Baby Rozan
Cavan Kennedy Meeghan Hodges
Riley Bines Micah and Taylor Riley, Peyton, Cameron
Baby Bines Baby Everspaugh Angel Baby Whitaker
Serena Lesley Cisneros Zoe Rose Christian
Twins Brandon and Francesca Baby Dickerson Angel Baby Haire
Alexcia Myanna Mckamey Malachi's Twin Carson
Shridam Jasper Hoag Angel Babies Taylor and Tristan
Matthew Pierce Boothe Lilly and Luke Bethany Hope
Cameron LaPointe Hannah Elizabeth Audrey Elise
Sophia Evonne Simonsen Samuel Brian River
Harper-Grace Hannah Cameron, Xavien, and Tristen
Sydney Alexis Kristen Brady Karinne Claire
Julia Rose Mikayla Grace Audrey Sarah Elizabeth
Mackenzie Lee-Ann Little Piper Marie Angel Babies Lehman
Jordan Laine Ashton-lee Baby Miller
Owynn Nathan Michael Joseph Perkins Pemberton Babies
Riley Rylands Heppy Evie X Annabelle Catalina
Seth Grant and Miracle Parker Cecil Lawson
Michael Phillard Conor George Deslauriers
Angel Divine Aniya Grace Mazzarelli-Coates
Alexander Lee Jessica Lopez Lewis Mackenzie Mone't
JoLeNe Nichole Shepherd Daniel the Lion Elizabeth
Hollie Hope Angel Amila Bert Hergreaves