Joshua's good friend Mason showed up in support. It was a pleasant surprise for Joshua, and although Mason may not appreciate this request from his mom on an early Saturday morning, I know that he enjoyed supporting Joshua as much as Joshua enjoyed having him there.
Now, I have to say that I was quite impressed with Joshua's first showing. He managed to keep a 10 minute mile pace; something that's taken me months of training to achieve, and if I'm honest, I didn't think he would do that well given that the extent of his exercise is sitting behind the plate as a catcher in baseball. He gets out running with us everyone now and then but not consistent enough to consider himself a regular runner. I imagine that he would do quite well if he trained on a regular basis, however, baseball is activity enough for a 10 year old. I was particularly impressed with his drive at the very end despite sharing with me that his legs were on fire.
Of 247 participants, Joshua got 94th place in his first 5K in the Kicking Childhood Cancer 5K on Labor Day. This was such a great father son activity and something I'll remember for my life time.
As a side note, I often find myself doing these charity events as "running" activities with little focus or attention on the nature of the event or the cause. I have to say that these race organizers did a great job of highlighting their charity and assistance that they are providing to children fighting cancer. I was doing fine until I got to see the little children we were helping with this event. I think it struck a personal emotional cord because of what we're going through with Debra. Seeing a small child bald from chemo and then understanding how hard this process is from seeing Debra go through it, hit me real deep. I thank the Lord that we got to participate in this event, and even more so that our monies will go towards helping a child fighting cancer.