This year was the 35th anniversary for the Blue Bell Fun Run. 35 years! Can you believe that? This fun event advertises all the Blue Bell Ice Cream you want at the finish. That is enough to get me out, and apparently approximately 4300 other people too!
Because my BRF Jessica and I have NO COMMON SENSE we decided it would be JUST FINE to do Blue Bell with the kids the day before the Austin 10/20…. We decided we would just commit to walk the bulk of it. Auston has run this 3 times now, and this was my second time. It is something Auston really looks forward to, and the promise of ice cream made it fun for all of the kids. Ice cream also brought my other BRF Trishia out….. It even enticed my husband out! I think the people like Ice Cream!
Here’s our whole group- Gregory, Sara, Trishia, Jordan, Me, Shea, Auston, Mikey, Jesssica, and William in the stroller as we waited for the Kids One Mile to start.
Because I have an extremely overactive 4 year old, who doesn’t EVER seem to tire out, I figured I’d give her a go with the Kids One Mile. She was SO excited! She wanted me and Jordan and Trishia to run with her, so of course, we did. It was probably a bad idea for me and Jordan, because Jordan usually poops out around 1.5-2 miles into the 5K, and this put an extra mile on her before the 5K even started… Sorry Jess! And for me, it added another mile to me too right before my 10 Miler the next day… Oh well, I wouldn’t have missed her first race for anything
Proudly wearing her medal!
Jessica and I had shirts made up for all the girls in our group. I think they are super cute! Here’s mine and Shea’s flat mama- so you can see the back of the shirt-
I’m kind of jealous of Shea’s shorts…….
Here are all the girls at the race- we had a lot of people comment on how cute our shirts were
As for the race, I think organizing a race of 4,000+ runners is quite the task, and Blue Bell does it well. I’ve never had a problem with race day packet pick up or anything. It was quick and painless. The start line doesn’t have *official* corrals, but they have people with pace signs so you can get in the right spot. The course is hilly, and beautiful. Maybe next year I’ll have had enough hill practice with Jess to actually run it? Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Maybe……. In addition to the Kids 1 mile and the 5K, they also offer a 10K. Two of my MRTT friends ran the 10K and passed us on the course. It was fun to have a cheering squad come running up from behind us I love my MRTT girls <3
The only complaint I have is as the race gets bigger they may need to find another way of giving out the ice cream, because that area can be a little…… *intense*…… But even still I managed to get plenty of ice cream… I think the babies each had 2, I had 3, Sara I think had the record of SIX ice creams
I love that there are fun events like this that I can bring my family out for and they can have a good time. I love that Auston had a new PR for 5K time at 21:20! He was 8th in his age group. He WILL place… It’s just a matter of time…. I love that I have 2 great friends that share this sport with me. And I love that my husband was willing to take our kids AND Jessica’s girls home so Jess and I could straight to Austin It was a great day
Me and Jess
Me and Trish…. And on an only slightly related note, I love that my friends love my kids….