Hank and I both run with the Gilbert's Gazelles group (though I'm currently on hiatus) and they are truly a special group of people. 48 of them, including some of Hank's friends, were up there for the race. Monday was surely stressful, just like it was for everyone else in the world who watched the events unfold. Luckily, all of our friends were ok and made it back to Austin safely. Thursday was also a chance to welcome them home and celebrate all of their hard work that allowed them the chance to run Boston.
Well over 300 people gathered in a parking lot next to the Town Lake trail, shared a moment of silence, said a prayer, and listened to Amazing Grace played out on a bagpipe. We hugged our friends, and embraced the time together. It sounds cheesy, but it was something that I think we all needed to begin the healing process from such a difficult week. Then we all ran or walked the 3 mile loop of the trail, lighting it up with our various glow sticks. It was a beautiful sight to see, and just another reason why I love our city so much.
|Friends Mike and Bonnie- Bonnie ran a great race, and made it back home after |
being locked out of her hotel for a few days.
|Hank didn't pack for the weather, and had to borrow my neon|
volunteer shirt to wear so he wouldn't freeze.
|David (who came up with the idea) and Gilbert, speaking to the crowd.|
|Part of our Gazelle crew.|
|As the sun went down, our glow sticks went into full effect.|
|View of downtown Austin, from the spot on the trail where |
we'll be getting married in just a few weeks,