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Calgary Half Marathon

After being turned back from the airport due to weather on Friday, I finally made into Calgary Saturday night, less than 12 hours before my fundraising half marathon for eMi. This is my first race after injury. Going into the race, I wasn't sure what to expect - high altitudes, hills, and my performance with limited training. But with all the travelling delays and flying 2,000 miles plus made me realize being there for this great cause was half the battle. And that took the pressure off.
We couldn't ask for better weather. It had been pouring ALL week leading up to it. And today? Blue sky and sunny the whole time. I was glad to be away from the muggy weather in NC for a little bit.
I crossed the finish line at 1:53. Not a great race time, but I did have a great time at the race. More significantly, I was able to go back and pace one of the first-time marathoners to finish her race in under 4:00. Greg Hanssen from South Coast Road Runners paced my last couple miles during my first marathon last October at Long Beach made a world of difference. I am glad that I get to pay it forward today.
eMi raised over $15,000. Thank you for partnering with us to "design a world of hope."

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