As I looked around at all the happy faces and creative costumes, I was able to tune out the rest of the world and just be. For a few hours I didn't think about the terrible state our country is in. I didn't think about racial tension or rising student debt, instead I reflected upon how beautiful it was that we had all come out to celebrate. It was pretty spectacular.
The energy was amazing. Even as we stood in line for over an hour, all around us people danced, laughing and taking"selfies" to capture the memories. Luckily, I met up with some awesome ladies from the studio I "allegedly" work out at. We managed to get a couple group shots before we were separated by the crowd. Side note: hats off to our photographer, James, who managed to catch a perfect shot of Jazz and I in all of our photobombing glory. That one is definitely for the books ;)
This was certainly one of the most "unique" 5ks I've ever done. I mean, it's not everyday you look up mid-run and see a guy wearing a horses head and running gear. True story.
There were about six stations throughout the course set up with colorful lights, music and decorations. I only wish we would have taken more photos along our journey so that we could have shared them with you. But really with something like this, photo's definitely won't do it justice. This is something you have to actually see to believe.
And poor Jasmine, she wanted so badly to get out of the stroller and run next to us, but there were just too many people. I could hardly imagine trying to keep up with a toddler in that crowd. That is literally the stuff my nightmares are made of. Once we hit some of the "Electric" stations, she was too busy looking at all the flashing lights to pay attention to the fact she was in the stroller though. Yes, my daughter the bass fish. I won't complain, it works out very well for us.
Crazy crowd aside, I can pretty much say with 99.9% certainty that I'll be signing up to run again next year. I only hope to see you there as well. I promise, you won't regret it. This one here was definitely one for the books.