After something like 70 days of sunshine perfection, it rained in Phoenix today. And not just a little sprinkle like it normally does – it was a downpour. Normally this is cause for celebration as, believe it or not, this Mid-Westerner likes to see WEATHER! That happens after about 15 years of living in the desert. But today, my brother and I were representing Team DitchtheBelly at an event. The alarm went off at 4 am and we were slugging our tent and displays through the rain to set up at 5:30. Both of us thinking we were a little bit crazy and that nobody was going to show up.
The event was a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon benefitting Ryan House. The Mission of Ryan House is to provide respite and palliative care to children with life-threatening conditions and, as needed, end-of-life care. While we were setting up, we had the pleasure of meeting Ryan and his Dad. They were super grateful that we “braved the weather” to support their event. In truth, their story is beyond brave and so inspiring I wanted to share it here. Before this event, I had no idea Ryan House existed. Amazing people doing truly amazing things for others.
Then there were the runners. Who runs in a Phoenix downpour at 7am? It was barely even light out, not to mention cold and really, really wet. We had little rivers running through our area. I’m not a runner so I don’t fully understand the “runners high” and obsession most have. But watching everyone at the start line in a complete downpour was quite inspiring! Doing a Half Marathon in the rain is incredible. Kudos to everyone who ran his or her race today!
And last, but certainly not least, were all the people who stopped by our booth and said hi. We met some great people! First being Kelly and her daughter. They were there bright and early volunteering for the race and we chatted about our P90X3 raffle and how much they wanted to win. After everyone was clearing out and going home, they stopped by again. We made them pull the winning raffle ticket and they pulled their own! No cheating! Truly weird but awesome – they were so excited to win and we are so excited to help them in their fitness journey.
So…a pretty cool day indeed. Made getting up and out in the rain super duper early well worth the effort.