Kyleigh’s Gift 5k

This weekend we participated in a very special event – the first annual Kyleigh’s Gift 5k/3k Run/Walk. It was held in conjunction with National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day in memory of Kyleigh, a baby who passed away unexpectedly during childbirth. The money raised goes toward a fund her family started to provide sleep sacks for each baby born at Liberty Hospital. It’s a cause near and dear to many people’s hearts – most of us know someone who has lost a baby or had a miscarriage.

On a more upbeat note – I loved the lively atmosphere with all the kiddos! Check out the photos below.

Best balloon animal ever.
Best balloon animal ever
A butterfly release to remember Kyleigh.
A butterfly release to remember Kyleigh
Kyleigh's parents and brothers.
Kyleigh’s parents and brothers
Adorable kid's fun run.
Adorable kid’s fun run
This cutie was more interested in my camera than the fun run.
This cutie was more interested in my camera than winning the run

Photo(s) of the Day: Running Pro

Baby K is getting the hang of this running thing, after three long Saturday morning runs in a row! A training run, Helen Gold 10k (for Parkinson’s disease), and Get Your Rear in Gear 5k (for colon cancer). Helen Gold was a chilly 46 degrees, so she was bundled up. Get Your Rear in Gear was much warmer, and as a bonus she got a flower from a face painter!

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Photo of the Day: Rave Run

On Friday night a few of my friends participated in the Rave Run in Kansas City. The Rave Run is a 5k un-timed race through the dark, with lots of bright, flashing, neon lights; people wearing glow glasses, bracelets, and other crazy apparel; and rave music along the route. Since we weren’t racing the clock, it was fun to run alongside my husband and friends. Despite the fact that we held a conversation the entire time, we still finished in under 29 minutes, according to our watch. Obviously I couldn’t carry my Canon 60d while I ran, so my little point-and-shoot had to suffice.

An abstract shot taken while running the Rave Run

Photo of the Day: Cancer Hero

This weekend my family participated in PurpleStride, a 5k run/walk for the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This year’s Kansas City event has raised $297,000 – a HUGE growth for its third year. The best part about the event? It’s more than just a walk. It’s more like a carnival with booths, thousands of people, and a huge kids activity area complete with a blow up slide, face paint, crafts, and popcorn and cotton candy. I love how this event is raising awareness about pancreatic cancer. In 2013 45,220 will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in the U.S., and 38,460 will die from it. Hopefully fundraisers like this will change those grim statistics.

See my photo from the inaugural Kansas City walk.

My cousin Taylor is going to be a great supporter of cancer awareness when she grows up. Tay lost her grandma to pancreatic cancer almost 3 years ago.

Day 288-289: “Your feet only hurt cause you’re kickin’ so much butt”

The last couple of days I didn’t have a lot of time for creative photography, but I didn’t forget to take photos. Yesterday evening we went to a Health Expo to pick up our packets for the KC Marathon. And this morning, Jerod, his brother Jacob, and I ran our first half marathon. I was overwhelmed with all the support along the route – cheering spectators, encouraging signs, and an array of bands. One of my favorite signs read, “Your feet only hurt ’cause you’re kickin’ so much butt!”

Hundreds of headbands and other running gear was for sale yesterday at the Health Expo.
Jerod and Jacob still look cheerful even after 13.1 miles.

Days 190-191: It’s all about the moon

Okay, okay, maybe I shouldn’t have used the moon reference to tie the two photos together. All jokes aside, Saturday morning we ran the Get Your Rear in Gear 5k for the Colon Cancer Coalition in memory of a church friend Ryan Goddard, who passed away last year from colon cancer at just 29 years old. I also beat my previous 5k time with a new record of 28:50! Sunday was pretty uneventful, and I almost forgot to take a photo. (gasp!) After spending about 30 minutes outside in the heat & humidity trying to photograph a flying barn swallow, I settled on a photo of the moon instead.

Team shirts for Get Your Rear in Gear colon cancer 5k.
The moon shines bright Sunday evening.