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Saturday, November 24, 2012

First Family 5K

The house was bustling early this morning as we prepared to get to the 'Can't Means Won't 5K' charity race at Heckscher State Park.  The wind was kicking as we piled into the car at 8:30.

Dressed in various layers, some heeding the warning that is was cold and windy, while others ready to brave the elements.  Sue and Kyle had their jackets.  Gavin a light runners jacket, gloves and hat as he started his warm-up routines.  Me, a pair of warm up pants, a short sleeve shirt and a long sleeve runners shirt.  Luke, in shorts and a single layer long sleeve shirt (the one I urged him to wear which is wool lined).

I donated my gloves to Luke who says it is freezing, and we all got ready at the starting line for a 9:30 start.  Gavin in the front, Luke and I in the middle and Kyle and Sue towards the back as they are paired up as walkers/joggers.

This day in history "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, a groundbreaking scientific work by British naturalist Charles Darwin, is published in England. Darwin's theory argued that organisms gradually evolve through a process he called "natural selection." In natural selection, organisms with genetic variations that suit their environment tend to propagate more descendants than organisms of the same species that lack the variation, thus influencing the overall genetic makeup of the species."

Last year, I ran this same race, my first 5K.  This year it became the first family 5K that we have run.  Each of the three boys came away with awards for this race.  How exciting as Luke finished in under 30 minutes, with me only seconds behind.  Gavin inspired him to go hard at the end (Gavin took the top honors for the 2nd year in a row).  Sue and Kyle coming in strong with the timekeeper/announcer showing the love to the 'Jenkins Family'.

There is always a nice crowd, and plenty of refreshments after the race.  I notice some familiar faces from the  NY State Park Summer Series.  Did I tell you that running is addicting ?

I sure hope we can repeat this family racing.  The NY State park Summer Series was fun, and would be a perfect way to spend some time together and enjoy our natural resource.  I think we can tailgate and setup chairs at the parks and make a night of it.  Fitness is an added bonus.  As this blog winds down in less than a month, a Fishing and Fitness Blog will be starting up, albeit,  not a daily.

Dinner out tonight to celebrate Gavin's birthday.  Shane comes along for a nice meal at the Japanese Hibachi.  Gavin will be heading back up to school tomorrow with his friend Shane driving him.  It was nice having all the boys home under one roof, even if it was for a few days.

Photo of the day  "First Family 5K"

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  1. Congrats to all - great family photo, too!

    1. Thanks. Needed an updated family photo....I am destined to be the shortest as Luke is starting to get taller....

  2. Congrats to all. Great family things to do. Now, I have to convince my wife to go running with me. :-)