“Point two miles to go,” I shouted breathlessly to Sandi (“Slick”) who was just in front of me. The finish mat would have been in sight if not for the crowd of runners bobbing in front of us. “Need to go” he answered over his shoulder…and he wasn’t kidding! Little did I know he had been eyeing the stroller right behind us. “I’m maxed out,” I called back.
Nevertheless I managed to stay on his heels as he weaved in and out of runners, determined that Zoe’s would be the first stroller across the line. Chili and I finished right behind him, earning Chili the honor of being the first dog. If that weren’t enough “firsts,” this was also Chili’s and Zoe’s first race ever, the Turkey Trot 5 Miler in Alexandria, VA on Thanksgiving morning. The requirement for strollers and dogs to start at the back made the entire race a jumbled obstacle course of joggers, walkers, strollers, canines, curbs, cars, spectators and policemen. After racing in South Carolina for three years, we had forgotten that there were so many athletes in the world!
We chose this race as a small interlude in an otherwise packed seven-day journey all over the eastern seaboard – our first official “deputation” (or “support raising”) trip and as an excuse to eat whatever found its way to Aunt Joan’s Thanksgiving feast! After meeting with different groups of family and friends each day we gratefully returned home last Sunday with a good number of new partners in this journey toward flying small planes in Africa with AIM AIR. While we were officially commissioned as AIM missionaries on November 13, we’ll be working primarily as pilots and encouragers of missionaries. The journey to Africa, however, will take us all over the US and to France before we arrive in Nairobi, Kenya in July 2011. If you’re interested in joining our team, just let us know or visit our website to find out more.
In the meantime, we’ll be finishing up our classes and training for Zoe’s first half marathon next week 🙂 We hope you had a great Thanksgiving and are able to overcome the hype enough to appreciate Christ’s role in Christmas this year!