A five mile race down the Jersey Shore. The race is on a flat course and mile three is along the ocean. My family has run this race for years.
Every summer for at least the past 10 years we have bellied up to the start line.
A gaggle of hung over men and too tired mommies.
We wear crazy tie-dyed attire with a fun jingle written on the back. It usually has something to do with us running slow, having fun and partying like birds when we finish.
Some of us are more swift.
And when the babies became too plentiful their aunts and uncles helped push the running strollers.
We crunched cups at water stations and listened to all the supportive racers cheering them on.
And for my Gymnastics Queen, the two senior citizens who run carrying a flag every year helped me push her that last half mile.
And then they ran her in, letting her carry the flag in between them.