50TH STATE DES MOINES IOWA- JOURNEY COMPLETE

 
 
 

KATJA, DAVE, LEWIS, MARK, PAULA, JODY, KARA, TOM, SUSAN
ABBY,MARY,SANDY
CINDY, DEBBIE, NAN, LINDA, BETSY, JIM
 

THE PERFECT 13.1 SMILE
 
NUMBER 50
 
 
 
THIRTY YEARS OF MARATHONS, 1283.8 MILES, 49 STATES  THERE WAS JUST ONE LEFT TO DO. 
 IOWA.
 
 AFTER A WONDERFUL PARTY THE  PREVIOUS EVENING, IT WAS TIME TO PUT THE ICING ON THE LAST STATE CAKE.  CONDITIONS WERE PERFECT,  THE CREW WAS FIRED  UP AND OFF WE WENT. THE FABULOUS PICTURES YOU ARE LOOKING AT ARE  FROM THE KIND AND GENEROUS  DEBBIE AND KATJA. THEY ARE  EUROPEAN CELEBRITY RUNNERS WHO INTERRUPTED THEIR WARM, SUNNY FLORIDA VACATION TO EXPERIENCE THE WONDERS OF DES MOINES.
 
LET’S BACK UP A BIT AND TELL YOU THIS CITY WAS UNANIMOUSLY ACCLAIMED BY ALL  ATTENDEES AS A  DEFINITE RETURN DESTINATION. MUSEUMS, SIGHTS, FARMER’S MARKET , RESTAURANTS, PUBS,  NATURAL BEAUTY-CHECK CHECK CHECK. WE EVEN HEARD RUMORS  FROM THE COUSINS REGARDING  LIVELY NIGHT CLUB DANCING .  CHECK   IT OUT :
CAPITOL ROTUNDA

 

 

GOLD LEAF DOME- THE ONLY ONE IN THE USA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE CREW THAT CAME FROM ALL OVER TO RUN  AND CELEBRATE WAS THE BEST.

 

FROM L TO R 

MARY M FROM ATLANTA (STATE 32)-CINDY D FROM CO (DEEP INTO SECOND ROUND 50 STATES ,PROFESSIONAL  PACER) YOURS TRULY, TOM  L  GOING 1.5 HOUR SLOWER AND HAVING A BLAST (STATE #3) LEWIS H FROM JAX HAVING A GREAT DAY. DAVE BELL WAS ALSO AROUND RECRUITING MEMBERS FOR THE 50 STATE CLUB. WATCH OUT  HE IS AN EXPENSIVE FRIEND – YOU HAVE TO GET ON  LOTS OF AIRPLANES TO HANG WITH THIS GREAT GUY. BUT IT IS WORTH IT.

 

DAVE  B IN YELLOW
 

THE MILES FLEW BY AS WE CHATTED AND GOT CAUGHT UP ON LIFE NEWS. THE COURSE WAS BEAUTIFUL, BIG HOUSES, PEAK COLOR, MAGNIFICENT PARKS AND GREAT SUPPORT. THE ADDED BONUS WAS EVERY 15 MIN A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER WOULD POP OFF THE CURB AND MAKE US FEEL LIKE WE WERE CONQUERING ROME.

IT WAS TRUTHFULLY A BIT OVERWHELMING  TO BE THE CENTER OF SO MUCH  ATTENTION, BUT THIS WEEKEND WAS  TRULY  EVERYTHING AMAZING THAT COULD HAPPEN IN A LIFETIME ROLLED UP IN 2 DAYS WITH ALL THE BEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET TO BE THERE EVERY SINGLE MINUTE.  SUCH JOY ANY HEART COULD  NOT  POSSIBLY  EXPERIENCE.
NO WORDS.
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH.
 
OFF WE RAN WITH CINDY LEADING THE PACE AND TOM GRINNING

 


PHOTOGRAPHER DEBBIE WAS SO PROUD OF THIS SHOT OF THE WATER DROPS FALLING.
ISN’T IT COOL ?


ON TO THE NEXT MILE !
CROSSING THE RAINBOW BRIDGE
 

CINDY AND I SENDING LOVE AND PEACE TO EVERYONE IN DES MOINES

DOES THIS JOURNEY HAVE TO END ? TOO MUCH FUN.



MARY ACHIEVED HER GOAL OF NO SUNBURN.

DID YOU KNOW HER STATES ARE MOSTLY ULTRAS ON THE TRAILS ? . HARDCORE AND BAD TO THE BONE.


THANK YOU CINDY FOR ALL THE 50 STATE  MILES

WE HAD A BLAST IN THE DRAKE STADIUM ENJOYING THE BLUE TRACK AND THE JUMBOTRON
   

THERE WAS  EVEN A TACO STAND AROUND MILE 18 THAT WE DECIDED TO PASS UP.
I HEARD THE MOLONEY/SOLON CLAN SAMPLED AND IT WAS DELISH. THEY EVEN HAD TOFU AND SEITAN.
DES MOINES– WHO KNEW ?


THE WHOLE WEEKEND WAS BY FAR THE MOST EXCITEMENT DEBBIE MOLONEY AND I EVER HAD. THIS INCLUDES  THE 4 WEDDING CEREMONIES WE HELD OVER THE YEARS,  18 IRONMANS,  DECADE BIRTHDAY PARTIES, CRUISES, ETC   ETC. 
 MY MEMORIES OF THE RACE  OTHER THAN A WARM COZY EMOTIONAL BUBBLE ARE NOT PLENTIFUL.  IT FELT LIKE I WAS WATCHING THIS WONDERFUL MOVIE WITH A PERFECT ENDING THAT I NEVER WANTED TO TURN OFF.


IT WAS  TRULY A CULMINATION  OF ALL THE  OLD FRIENDS AND FAMILY, NEW FRIENDS MET IN THE 50 STATES FROM ALL OVER THE USA,  THE  WONDERFUL PLACES, AND TERRIFIC RACES.  HOW PERFECT  TO SHARE THE PARTICIPATION IN DES MOINES WITH  SO MANY GREAT FOLKS.  I HAVE TRIED TO WALK THE WALK TO  SHARE ENTHUSIASM, JOY,   HEALTH,   AND FITNESS.
ALONG THE WAY I LEARNED TO  REPLACE  DOUBT WITH OPTIMISM FAITH AND TRUST.
 IF ONE PERSON DID ONE NEW HEALTHY  OR ADVENTUROUS ACT AFTER BEING TOUCHED BY MY JOURNEY-THEN  IT SERVED A MEANINGFUL  PURPOSE.
 

KARA Z FIRST 13.1
KARA 1 STEP- DEBBIE 4 STEPS
 
SURPRISE  !! MEL HOPKINS FIRST  13.1 MILES

GAME DAY:  LUCH 1 CANCER ZERO !!

LORI K FIRST 13.1
 

THERESA FIRST 5K
 
BETH V (FAR LEFT) FIRST 5 K
 
 
LINDA B PERSONAL BEST 13.1


DEE R FIRST PLACE IN THE 5K
 
MARY KATE MULTI SPORT CHAMP
 
FOLLOW YOUR DREAMS AND MAKE IT HAPPEN
 

 
MEANWHILE BACK AT THE ZIEL
(THAT IS GERMAN FOR FINISH )


(DEE AND I LEARNED THAT AT A TERRIFIC IRONMAN IN ROTH GERMANY.)

 
 

 PHOTOGRAPHER DEBBIE K WAS DOMINATING IN HER AGE GROUP AS WELL. AND CAME OUT ON THE ROUTE TO TAKE 300 PICTURES
 

A TOILET PAPER FINISH LINE WAS CREATED BY DEBBIE AND JULIE C AND DEE

 


 

 

GALLOPED THRU


 

 

AND THEN THE MAGIC UNFOLDED ONE SECOND AT A TIME 






THE HUNTS STARTING THE CELEBRATION
AND THERE WAS JUST A FEW STEPS LEFT TO GO

















 

 













 




A BIG THANK YOU AND  ALL THE GRATITUDE TO DEBBIE


WE DID IT !






A GREAT DAY FOR  HINMAN AVE KIDS


POST RACE AT THE ROYAL MILE PUB
PUTTING IOWA MAGNET ON THE BOARD.
 

 
A HUGE THANK YOU TO
DEBBIE K AND KATJA B
FOR ALL THE WONDERFUL PICTURES
  
 
OUR HEARTS ARE STILL GLOWING FROM THE WONDERFUL, MAGICAL WEEKEND IN DES MOINES. THANK YOU FOR BELIEVING  IN THIS DREAM AND KNOW WE HOLD YOU EACH UP AND WISH YOU ONLY GOOD HEALTH AND  ALL  THE RUNGS IN THE LADDER TO TOUCH YOUR DREAMS.
 
 
THE HARDEST ARITHMETIC TO MASTER
IS THAT WHICH ENABLES US
 TO COUNT OUR BLESSINGS.
-E. HOFFER

 
 
GO OUT THERE AND DO AMAZING THINGS AND MAKE IT A GREAT LIFE.
MUCH LOVE AND THANKS  TO ALL.
NAN W.
 


 

 

 





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