Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Team Run For Tracie - Twin Cities Marathon

Paul and I so respect, admire, and look up to an amazing family from our church, the Morrisons.  Tracie is a mentor to me in many ways on how she runs her family.  Last January, Tracie was diagnosed with stage 4 malignant melanoma.  Because she and Jae have 6 kids high school down to age 4, we all grieve especially deeply with her diagnosis.  However, she herself, has been nothing but positive, hopeful, trusting in God, and a complete light to the world in how she is handling everything!  She faithfully believes that "God's got this" and is a complete inspiration!  We have found many ways together with our church family to help them, and one of those ways, suggested by Dale from our church, was to raise money for Tracie's family and all their medical bills by running the Twin Cities Marathon.

Both Paul and I were part of this team that to date has raised over $9000 for Tracie (still time to donate at this link!!) and we so appreciate all of YOU that helped this cause!!  For me, training provided the perfect time to pray for Tracie (no interruptions), reminder to consistently pray for Tracie, as well as many ideas of how to pray for her, as there are many similarities to training for a marathon and fighting an illness, such as needing perseverance, strength, endurance, etc.  While our marathon is over, hers is still going strong, and therefore my prayers will continue and I love that I am now in the habit of praying for her each time I work out :).  Love you, Tracie!  Thank you for being an encouragement and inspiration to all of us!  We are praying for complete healing and strength til the end for you!!

Here are a few pictures of our marathon from this past Sunday, October 5th.

Part of our team as we met at church to carpool to the race



High five-ing grandparents and my kiddos just before crossing the finish

Paul - finish in sight!

Some of our amazing fans along with the BEST signs made by Paul's dad (could see the signs from far away because they were unique, tall, and bright!).  Paul's dad also took lots of fun race pictures, including the ones pictured above.  Thanks Grandpa T!!!

Paul's brother, sister, and brother-in-law also ran the marathon!

Paul's amazing supportive family and world's best cheerers!

My amazing supportive family who got the kids up, fed them, and brought them to the finish line!  Thanks Grandma and Grandpa K!

Our family of 5 :)
One of my favorite things about this marathon was all thousands of fans lining almost the entire 26 mile route with signs, cheering, etc and how they literally cheered for you the whole race.  It was incredible! SUCH an awesome experience.  All I could think about was how as Christians, we encourage each other so much in the walk of life and how we are not meant to do life alone!  I am so thankful for my brothers and sisters in Christ, both near and far.

Hebrews 12:1
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.


Kristin Bjorklund said...

So proud of you!

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