Anastasia’s First 5K

>> Saturday, April 11, 2009

If you can remember back a few weeks, you’ll recall that Anastasia was the top “local” vote-getter in the “Tales of a Virgin Athlete” contest. Her prize was a free entry and race t-shirt in the Charities Challenge 5K that was held last weekend. I was unable to be there because Pharmie and I were in New Orleans getting ready to do a 70.3 the next day. Dang.

She went to the race with her parents, and her Dad (blogger buddy Jeremy) ran the race with her. Here they are wrapping up their first of 2 laps around Lake Como:

She’s only 10 years old, and this was her first 5K. But she ran it in 30:18!! She had consistent mile splits of 9:30-10:00! Amazing!! Here she is with her family after the finish:

A little later, she learned that she had broke the Charities Challenge age group record by over 18 minutes!! That’s AWESOME! And the cool thing about most Charities Challenge races is that when you do well, they tell you “You’re going home a real bread-winner.” So here’s Anastasia with Coach Jeanne, her Dad, and her winning loaf of bread:

After such a great race, what’s left to do except to go out for ice cream!

OK, here’s my prediction: give me 4 years to get older and slower, and give Anastasia 4 years to mature and get faster, and she’ll beat me in a 5K when she’s 14 or 15. That kid’s gonna be great! Stop by her blog to congratulate her!

I’ll be back on Monday with the rest of the photos and the rest of the stories from New Orleans 70.3. If you missed my race report, it’s 2 posts down. Happy Easter!


trimybest 2:24 PM, April 11, 2009  

thats my girl! this race was great fun! im a super proud dad to be able to enjoy sports with my AMAZING daughter!

Trishie 5:26 PM, April 11, 2009  

congrats to dad + daughter!! love the post race ice cream :)

FLATOUT JIM 6:13 PM, April 11, 2009  

I just posted on her blog. Sounds like she is off to a great start in her running career.

Michelle 6:19 PM, April 11, 2009  

That is so inspiring!!! She is going to be great!!!

Thanks Steve!

Missy 6:57 PM, April 11, 2009  

That's rockin good. What a great family!

BreeWee 1:45 AM, April 12, 2009  

That is such a great post, way to go chica (and good job helping out)...
Happy Easter!!

Marlene 11:03 AM, April 12, 2009  

Yay Anastasia! Awesome!

Anonymous,  7:11 PM, April 12, 2009  


X-Country2 10:31 PM, April 12, 2009  

That girl has a great future!

I Run for Fun 10:38 PM, April 12, 2009  

That is amazing! Congratulations to Anastasia.

sRod 7:53 AM, April 18, 2009  

The only 5K I've run had kids her age crying because they went out too fast. Great for Anastasia being so speedy!!

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