And here is the other one:
Gabe was working the marathon (in one of the EMT bike teams, riding up and down the greenway to make sure everyone was okay), so he had to be there by 5am!! After breakfast, all three children did some serious painting in preparation for being Bryan's own personal cheer squad as he ran. :)
We made our way to Wasena Park by about 11am. The race started at 7:30am, and Wasena Park is right on the greenway, at about mile 23.5 of the marathon! Avery practiced waving her sign and cheering while we waited, which a lot of the runners seemed to appreciate :)
Gabe, who was keeping an eye out for Bryan back along the greenway, called to say that he was almost there, so Brogan came and grabbed his sign too!
"Go, Bryan, Go! Go, go, Bryan!" Bryan stopped and gave Avery a quick hug before continuing on his way! 23.5 miles down, "only" 2 miles to go!!! It was time for us to jump into the van as quickly as we could and try to navigate around the closed streets downtown to get to the finish line before Bryan! We just made it!
Avery with Bryan a couple of minutes after he completed a 26.2 mile run (the toughest road marathon in the country!!) in a little over 4hr 20mins, for her :) He also beat his own time from last year by an hour!!
A couple of minutes after this Bryan had to go find somewhere to sit down/collapse/relieve the agony!! And by that time, all three kiddos were exhausted, and Oliver was ready for his nap. So we headed home, but not before Avery and Brogan took on the inflatable slide we passed on the way to the van!