For the last 5 weeks or so my focus has been on a race that I am helping "put on" as we say in the South! In our little county we have what is called the Pumpkin Festival every year, this makes the 31st Annual! Around our town's square there is booths set up for vendors to sell their unique crafts that they have made such as candles, hair bows, crochet items, etc. And there are many food booths set up as well. My favorite happens to be the Twisty Tator! Let me fill you in, just imagine a thin potato, sliced and curled (kind of like an apple peeling with breaking it) fried in that delicious grease and then topped with ranch dressing, bacon bits, chives and cheese!!! My mouth waters thinking about it! And the fresh squeezed lemonade, pure BLISS!! The festival also host a Biggest Pumpkin contest, best decorated/carved contest and a costume contest for the kids: Categories that consist of Scariest, Prettiest, Cartoon, and Creative.
The last 20+ years they have had a 5k run/walk. And this year my friend and running buddy Jessica were asked to help with the organization of it. It has been so much fun planning it. We are both very active in the March of Dimes organization, which is a group for premature babies. And this year a portion of the proceeds are going to the MOD. We are so very honored to be able to help with this great organization. It is very time consuming but has also been a very fun experience as well. We are able to put our own little twist in the race. We have changed up the route, adding great door prizes, adding some "cheerleaders" for encouragement along the route, at the finish line everyone will receive a finish line photo, which is always fun!!!! Also at each of the mile markers, they have a special sign. Mile 1 is in Memory of Allie, who is Jessica's baby girl that went to be with Jesus at 28 days old. She was born at 28 weeks. Mile 2 is in honor of my Carter, who was born at 31 weeks and weighed only 3lbs. God blessed us with him! and Mile 3 is in Honor and Memory of all Premature Babies. Jessica has a team in Memory of Allie, called Allie's Gang so the race is in her memory.
I know you will hear more about the race so I wanted to give you a "heads up" on what I talking about it! So if you are in the area email me and I will send you a registration form if you would like to participate. The tee-shirt that we have designed this year is a really neat Tech shirt!!! The t-shirt features Allie's Gang and has sweet Allie's footprints on it!!!