Monday, November 14, 2016

Run Jonah Run

I never got the chance to meet Jonah. But I'm positive he was a bubbly, happy, full of life kiddo. I do know he loved the color red and loved Junior Mint candy. He was 10 years old when he passed away on June 21, 2015 from Pulmonary Hypertension. I met his mom Sheri one day while I was working at Fleet Feet. She came in to see about donations for a race. That day was when I learned how her son passed away. I remember trying to choke back tears as she spoke about Jonah. I finally had to come around the counter and give her a hug.

This was the second annual race to help in researching Pulmonary Hypertension and how to end it. At the moment, there is no medication available for children with PH. 

I haven't ran a 5k in a year, but this will be one race that will be done every year. The course was a beautiful, starting at the Blackman High School and winding through a nearby neighborhood. It was a cool day (yay for cooler temps finally arriving), I once again didn't set a goal finish time. Still doing that no pressure thing. ;) The volunteers were amazing and there was even  a little group around mile 2 I think standing with "Run Jonah Run" signs. I got a little teary eyed when the lady holding her little baby (while holding a sign) yelled "Run for Jonah" as I passed by. 

If you are local, you need to have this race on your calendar for next year. Help the Guider's Phight the Fight and end Pulmonary Hypertension. To read more about Jonah and PH, check out Jonah's website 

Some of the BBC group.
That's Brad in the upper left corner. He missed the photo
so I added him. ;) Haha

Finished in 33:30
Avg Pace 10:48

This was at the school Jonah attended as we
passed by it during the race.

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