The rest of that week was a blur. I went home for the funeral on Friday but decided I wanted to get back Saturday night. My mom and step-dad had both signed up for the 5k again and they had planned to spend the weekend in St. Charles with me. But when they realized that they wouldn't be able to make it, they had one simple request which was to pick up their packets.
As I was coming back into town Saturday night, I decided to pick up poster board and markers to create a few signs. I already had the half/full marathon course printed and a spot picked out. I also had a few cowbells that would come in handy. Race day morning I went to Frontier Park to pick up all of our packets an hour or so before the race. My intent afterward was to get to this dog park where I would be able to see runners pass multiple times but due to road closures, I wasn't able to get to the park. I settled for an area where I could park and be right at Mile 12 but walk to Mile 1. I was the first one to this spot and I quickly became knowledgeable about the other road closures as people started asking me for directions. Luckily I came prepared with a map in hand! Eventually others realized it was a prime location and a crowd had formed by the time the mass of runners started coming through that stretch. After the long week I had, shaking cowbells (yes I shook two at once) and holding a sign to cheer on the runners just made me happy and cheered me up. I think I just needed to be on the other side for a race to give myself a break and refocus. I got a lot of smiles and thank you's as the runners passed by. I can't explain why, but it just ended up being a good way to end one week and start another. This experience also made me so proud to be associated with race that has such amazing and understanding directors, staff, volunteers, and MO' Bassadors. I am really glad that I had this opportunity and I look forward to promoting MO' Cowbell's 2015 races!
|The sign I had at Mile 1|
|The sign I had at Mile 12 (right before the downhill). My favorite sign because this is what I tell myself!|
|Runners at Mile 1|
|LOVED their sign!|
|Random sign at Mile 12|
|Mile 12 with most of the crowd behind me|
|A nice downhill before the Half and Full course split|