Running to Remember, and Save Lives

Happy Birthday Eli strollerLast week was Eli’s Run, an event hosted by PR Fitness coaches Marie and her husband Rob to remember and honor their son Eli, who was diagnosed with a genetic disorder in utero and unfortunately did not survive. As dedicated runners they decided on an annual race to celebrate his memory and raise funds to support lifesaving research for premature babies.

There were two events that evening at Gallup Park – a kid’s race of about a quarter mile, followed by a 5K for us bigger kids, with pizza afterward. And all the proceeds went to the March of Dimes to support their Prematurity campaign.

Here are some photos from the event. Rob and Marie may look a bit tired (for very good reasons, the best being their new baby daughter) but there were lots of happy faces. And what a great way to get kids fired up about running!

The little kids take off! Note the teddy bear race shirts.

The little kids take off! Note the teddy bear race shirts.

Charge to the finish.

Charge to the finish.

Ready to start the 5K. Marie is holding the clipboard. (She's happy. Really.)

Ready to start the 5K. Marie is holding the clipboard. (She’s happy. Really.)

Flying down the trail.

Flying down the trail.

Yep, we had all ages represented here!

Yep, we had all ages represented here!

And such professional service at the water stop.

And such professional service at the water stop.

Rob with Kacey June. (He's happy. Really.)

Rob with Kacey June. (He’s happy. Really.)

Hanging out post-race with Ironman Tracy and her family.

Hanging out post-race with Ironman Tracy (left) and her family.

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