Finishing the Race

23 Apr

Last Saturday was the Garmin Marathon in Kansas City. This event had been on the race calendar for months, and would go on as planned following the Boston Marathon attack.

But this year, it would have a few race crashers they had not been planning on.

I decided to run the half marathon the day before the race. Normally, I would never try to run back to back races of these distances that close together, but this race I HAD to run.

I ran 7 miles of the race next to a man that also ran Boston. He was running for the same reason I was – to try to feel normal again by doing what we love. Every step of the race I felt a little more healed and a little more like myself. Running is my therapy, and it was certainly therapy on Saturday.

My legs burned the entire way, but every step was worth it!

My legs burned the entire way, but every step was worth it!

HUGE cheers go to my boyfriend, Ramsey!!! He ran his very first half marathon on Saturday in a 1:52!!!!!!

HUGE cheers go to my boyfriend, Ramsey!!! He ran his very first half marathon on Saturday in a 1:52!!!!!!

Another reason why I wanted to be at the Garmin Marathon on Saturday was to support 4 of our KC runners that did not get to finish Boston on Monday. These runners deserved that finish and earned that finish, and we were going to make sure they were supported while crossing that finish line.

A big group of people met .7 miles out, since our area runners were stopped right at mile 25.5. When they began running their final seven tenths of a mile, the rest of the Boston runners followed them with cheers and support. We were all together again, and that was one of the best parts of Saturday.

As our runners approached the finish, the crown roared and more Boston Marathon runners joined us. There were runners there from the 2013 race, as well as many past Boston races. Everyone was united as one group that day, it was awesome.

Running to the finish.

Running to the finish.

Boston runners from all years running to the finish.

Boston runners from all years heading to the finish.

Coach Eladio Valdez with Runner’s Edge in Kansas City did an amazing job of getting the word out, and putting this finish line event together. Thanks to Coach Eladio, so many spectators were there to cheer and support the group. While their finish would not be the same as a Boston finish, it would still be filled with enthusiasm, joy, love and support.

THANK YOU, Coach Eladio!!!

THANK YOU, Coach Eladio!!!

As they finished, Coach Eladio covered the runners in 2013 Boston Marathon heat blankets, and put a Boston Marathon medal around their necks. Medals that before Saturday, they had not received for their huge accomplishment. Eladio also gave each runner a bag of Hawaiian rolls, which was hilarious! (I remember how excited I was to get these rolls after I finished!)

Here come our runners!

Here come our runners!

Showing off the medals.

Showing off the medals.

Love those rolls.

Love those rolls.

Saturday reminded me once again that as tragic as the week was, there was so much good that came out of it. The Kansas City running community is closer now than we have ever been. And I have so many new friends today that were not in my life two week sago. We all share a bond, and will support each other through thick and thin.

Many runners were out there collecting money for the One Fund (I will not take credit for that, but way to go Amber and Krista!)

Many runners were out there collecting money for the One Fund (I will not take credit for that, but way to go Amber and Krista!)

Three of my new friends - Theresa, Greg and Kristin.

Three of my new friends – Theresa, Greg and Kristin.

Greg sharing Matt's story from Boston - we are SOOOOO proud of our 2:30 marathoner!!! (Matt got 80 something overall on Monday. Holy freaking cow!)

Greg sharing Matt’s story from Boston – we are SOOOOO proud of our 2:30 marathoner!!! (Matt got 80 something overall on Monday. Holy freaking cow!)

We are all united, and BOSTON STRONG!!!

We are all united, and BOSTON STRONG!!!

Photo credits go to Greg Hall, and Amber Rossman.

Read more about the KC women who finished here (YOU NEED TO READ THIS!): http://www.sportsonearth.com/article/45042310/

Watch the action here: http://fox4kc.com/2013/04/20/emotional-finish-highlights-olathes-garmin-marathon/

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xoxoxo,

Ali

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12 Responses to “Finishing the Race”

  1. Laura April 23, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    Awesome post, Alicat! I swear, you’re making me want to be a runner 🙂

  2. Crystal April 23, 2013 at 9:06 pm #

    Wow! I loved this! What a amazing blog post! This looked like a wonderful day that was much needed after a day of tragedy.

  3. MaryAnn April 23, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Thats Awesome Ali. My prayers are with your healing. The Human Spirit can overcome !

  4. Rhonda April 23, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    You are truly inspirational!!!!

  5. Cecilia @ MommiesRun April 23, 2013 at 11:57 pm #

    Wow what an amazing race. I’m so glad you go to be a part of that. I hope this aids your healing process.

  6. mary @ minutes per mile April 24, 2013 at 4:39 am #

    so much blue & yellow! looks like an awesome event… inspiring.

  7. fullrunner April 24, 2013 at 5:41 am #

    That was so heartwarming – thanks for sharing!

  8. lauradempsey75 April 24, 2013 at 8:45 am #

    What a nice event, Ali. Congratulations to all the runners and thank you for continuing to support Boston. BTW – I totally forgot about the Hawaiian rolls! I need find those, they are delicious.

  9. Jeff Maher April 24, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Awesome follow up. Thanks for posting! Congrats to Ramsey in his first half, he has wheels! Is he thinking about a Full yet?

    • mileswithstyle (@AliHatfield) April 24, 2013 at 11:14 am #

      Well you know…the NYC lottery opens up today!!!! I am SOOOO tempted to sign him up!! But I suppose I should talk to him about it first 🙂

  10. Jen April 25, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    This made me tear up. Thanks so much for sharing, Ali, and congrats to Ramsey!!

  11. imarunner2012 May 8, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    Thank you.

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