The 2nd Annual Cancer Charity Marathon
Our second WACKY event was “a ton of fun.” (Lori Brower writes):
We kicked off the event by attending a spaghetti dinner at the Davis Conference Center in Layton on Friday. Many had to fight with horrendous traffic, including the additional time it took to pick up the participant packets at the race expo in Ogden. With 70 family and friends in attendance, Nick welcomed all by announcing his latest set of scans proved the cancer is still not active (that we can see)! He then presented a video of a 30-minute documentary on four cancer survivors attending a First Descents camp. It elegently portrayed why First Descents is so important to young adult cancer survivors – very impactful. Tee shirts were handed out and we all got excited for the upcoming race. Saturday morning, the marathoners and half marathoners boarded their assigned busses at 4:45 a.m. The rest of us slackers – 5k participants – boarded our very own rented school bus at a more reasonable hour of 6:00 a.m. Nick had us rolling with laughter as he donned his Buzz Lightyear costume – “To infinity and beyond!”
- Marathon : Ashley Sorenson, Paul Anderson, Ann Leoni Carlos, Todd Raitt, Heather VanTassell, Lee Brower, Dave Sheffield, Sylvia Do, Pat Do.
- Half Marathon : Jill Frey, David Vynerib, Jessica Peterson/Leigh Corbin
- 5k : Ginger Balcom, Becky (with Oakley) Brower, Bo Brower, Lori Brower, Denise Cummins, Jerry Gill, Melanie Davis, Cami Griffiths, Deanna Hadley, Beth Holt, Kailey Larsen, Steve Larsen, Cory Love, Alane Macrum, Makelle Macrum, Mason Macrum, Mike Macrum, Morgan Macrum, Jennie Magnesen, Bernadette McGowan, Jon McGowan, Kelly Meacham, Brandon Newby, Carly Raitt, Nick Raitt, Erin Wilkes.
We had a few that were genuinely sick with colds, a few under-trained and a few that ran with serious injuries. The weather, however, was perfect. Nick had a few kids that would look at each other when he passed and would say, “Do you know who that is!!!!” One person asked Nick why he didn’t finish first, having super powers and all (he sprinted out of the starting gate, only to get a massive side-ache 50 yards later and had to walk the remaining way). Nick responded that his battery pack died. Cory Love (age 21) used Nick’s grandpa’s bib and as he approached the finish line, the announcer said, “And here comes 68 year-old John Balcom!” Nick’s dad, Todd, finished very respectfully in his first marathon – quite a feat! And Nick’s stepdad, Lee, despite suffering a dislocated shoulder, partially torn achilles and broken forearm during the past 9 months in training, finished running on a torn labrum in his hip.
See all the pictures in the Gallery