Each year, our kid's school, La Paz Community School, is host to a great family fun run called Ruta La Paz. There is both a 5K and a 10K and families of all ages walk, run, push strollers, dance in the streets, and have a great morning meeting and achieving milestones and goals.
This year, on May 2nd 2015, our two youngest both set and achieved personal goals....Marissa, our 12 year old ran the 10K for the first time this longer distance. She ran with our family friend and her running mentor, Alex.
William, our 9 year old, ran for the first time without his big brother (who is back in the states going to school) and ran with his buddy, Jack, and beat me for the first time. Darn! I guess not only will I probably end up being the shortest in the family, now I am the slowest!
The day started out super early as we left the house in time to arrive early plus our 30 minute drive from Tamarindo to Flamingo where the race was being held. We got to the plaza at about 6:00am ready for the 6:30am start. This is actually the fun time....everyone is excited and hugging each other and wishing each other luck. We put on our numbers and the trackers on our shoes and soon the music started to get everyone even more excited......
And then we were off!
Yes....that's our girl there in the pink tutu! Go Marissa Go!
Running over the Flamingo Bridge to the Flamingo Beach Road....and the Ruta La Paz (unofficial) mascot....Mr. Brian (5th grade teacher) who ran the race in a tutu with a boom box on his shoulder giving high fives to everyone the whole race!
And not to be left out, Kurt and Zack were volunteers on the photography team for Tamarindo Family Photos and also took videos for Zack's CAS project and for next year's promo video.
Zack running with a go pro over the finish line for the video.....
All in all it was a fabulous day and great fun for everyone. But, the highlight came at the awards ceremony when we found out that Marissa one FIRST PLACE in the girls 18 and under category for the 10K race with a time of 1 hour 3 minutes. So proud. Go Marissa Go!
Team Rauzi signing off until next year!
Photo credits to Genna at Tamarindo Family Photos!