It was quite the unpleasant task to get my photoshoot hair from the previous day to de-tangle enough to be presentable at the Miracles of Mitch Triathlon this morning. With some help from my great friend Starbucks, I was able to make it through the 4:45am wake up call. I don't think I'll ever be a morning person.
But if I was fully awake or not, the triathletes were! I soon got rolling as I helped hand out t-shirts (which were an awesome turquoise/dark blue/orange) to the triathletes. I saw all ages, from 7 to 17 participating for a great reason. Returners or first-timers, these athletes were ready and excited to get the race started.
After a quick stop at the Prize Central tent which was loaded with Miracles of Mitch cow-bells, t-shirts, trading cards, mugs, dog tags etc., I lined up to cheer on the kids as they began their procession to the water to start the first leg of the triathlon: swimming. Then came biking and then finally running to the finish line where each participant got a medal. Together, Miracles of Mitch had 1,100 kids participating at the Lake Ann race and raised over $500,000 this year. WOW!
Getting the Triathletes their shirts
Got to meet Ruby who plans to be part of the race next year (as soon as she's old enough!)
Ruby loved trying on my crown!
Getting a picture with Alaina, a fellow volunteer, at the Prize Central Tent
Meeting some All-Star Kids!
For the last four years of volunteering with Miracles of Mitch, I've loved to aid an organization with such heart and truly making a difference in the life of kids: by kids and for kids!
And they're off! I cheered the kids on as they started the race.