Madi, Michael and I, plus our friends Ken and Cindy, ran the 2011 Kansas City Groundhog Run this morning and had a blast!!! It's an annual 5 & 10K race held at the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis in Kansas City, MO, and benefits Childrens's TLC (Therapeutic Learning Center). The race is held completely underground in tunnelled out caves which act as the world's largest underground business complex. It's was pretty different - but a great experience.
It was my daughter, Madison's, first race ever, and I know that I'm speaking now purely as a proud papa, but ... SHE KILLED IT!!! She was so awesome, chicking several guys, and laughing about it while she did it! She ran her fastest 10K ever at, 1:05:30! But more importantly, we had a great morning of running together. I'm glad I got to share her first race with her. It's something we both will remember forever!
Here is the day in pictures ... enjoy!!!
|Check-in Friday & Saturday at the Ward Parkway Shopping Center|
|Everyone excited on the way to the caves!|
|We had to park about 3/4 mile from the entrance to the caves|
|Everyone freezing! 16 degrees with 15mph wind from car to race.|
|These goundhogs saw their shadow ... 73 more weeks of winter!|
|On the way to the race!|
|At the entrance of the Hunt Midwest SubTropolis|
|Hollowed out caves in the SubTropolis ... you're literally underground!|
|All I want this year for Groundhog day is ... NORMAL FRIENDS!|
|Madi, Michael and me with Madi's first race sign ... Be Great Today!|
|Me and Fox4 Meteorologist Don Harmon ...|
... later he told the crowd that we would get 12" of snow this week!
|Michael, Ken and Cindy at the 5K Starting Line|
|Maid stylin' her race t-shirt|
|Michael the trooper after her 5K ... |
... she was really under the weather, but ran anyway!
|Last sip of H2O before the 10K|
|On your marks, get set ...|
... wait, is that the longest shorts they sell there, big guy?
|A few nerves before the 10K gun!|
|10K Starting Line|
|That'a girl ... Be Great Today ... You Got This Madi!!!|
|Oh no ... she's CHICKING these fools in her first race ...|
... sorry sucka's, I created a monster!
|Me and my "baby" girl after her first race!!!|