Luckily, the nearby town of Honeybrook hosts an annual 5K - The Tel-Hai Turkey Bowl. In 2009 Pete and I both ran it. In 2010 I was pregnant with Ellie and ran/walked part of it, and my Uncle Corky joined us. In 2011 both Uncle Richard and Uncle Corky joined Pete, I sat in the car with a sleeping Ellie. Last year Ellie and I watched Pete (and Corky and Rich) while they ran. This year, my cousin Logan came with the Uncles, and....Ellie ran it!!! Well, she ran in the Kids Fun Run which precedes the race. It is a one-mile event, and Ellie's goal was to complete a half-mile, or one loop of the course (a much longer distance than the dash she ran this summer at Midsummer Night's Run).
|Getting her number pinned.|
Funny aside: Just before the race, Ellie had a run-in with The Turkey. Ellie is not a fan of costumed characters (the Chick-fil-a cow, Santa Claus, etc). Last year she was totally freaked out at the sight of the big turkey and a man running in a pilgrim costume. This year, she was still afraid of him, and I got really nervous of what would happen when he walked up to her and gave her a rowdy, "gobble, gobble!" She stood tall on her two feet and said in her best Stranger Danger voice, "I GO WITH MY MOMMY!!"
|The starting lineup - we're in the back on the right - can you see my headband?|
|And we're off!|
|We tried our best to keep Caroline warm|
|Rounding the corner for the finish.|
|Corky cheering on our littlest runner.|
|Happy girl after the race.|