Last Saturday, Ren got to participate in a 10K run. It was such a fun and amazing experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
The run was organized through an organization called myTeamTriumph. They collaborate with other organizations and partner up with another race, and basically set everything up for the teams, including providing strollers for the individuals with physical disabilities – kids through adults, who are considered the “captains” of the team – to ride in. Ren was the “captain” of her team, which consisted of five “angels”, who ran together, taking turns pushing her. Her angels included me and Tony, her aunt and uncle, and a friend.
This particular race was part of the Madison 10K Twilight run. At this same race last year, there were 3 myTeamTriumph teams. This year, there were 6. Everyone was so wonderful and happy and excited. We all had our pictures taken in front of the capitol before the race, and all of our kids and nephews and my parents were given red myTeam Triumph volunteer shirts, since they were kind of part of the team too.
The myTeamTriumph teams began first, at 7:50 p.m., 10 minutes ahead of the rest of the runners. Because it was in the evening, we all had glowsticks, and Ren’s stroller was decorated with Dora balloons, streamers, and a glowstring. As we ran, people cheered, and as runners passed us (which many did!), several shouted things like, “Way to go, guys!” or “You guys are awesome!” or, my favorite, “Good job, Renaya!” It truly was a FUN run. Everyone was SO supportive. I have not been a part of a race since college, and this was no doubt the best race I have been in. It was relaxing, we talked and laughed the whole way (except Tony, whom was the only non-runner in the group – he was just happy to finish the race!), and, most importantly, Ren had a great time. The best part was the stretch to the finish line, where music was playing, lights were shining, the crowd was cheering, names were being announced as we came, our kids and parents were waving to us, and Ren crossed the finish line, with her angels surrounding her.
It was such a wonderful experience. Ren really was treated like a rock star that night, as were the other 5 captains. Because they deserve it.