April 12, 2010

Running & RSL

This Saturday was a really fun day for us! My mom was able to come to stay at our house Friday night in order to get ready for her second 5k Saturday morning. She has been training really hard and we were both really optimistic about her second race! She was able to finish the race in 42:24, which is about 14 minutes faster than the first time she ran a 5k. We also found out after the race that my mom was the oldest person to race that day, which is SUCH an amazing accomplishment! Neil also ran the race, and he sprinted to finish in 22:07!

Before the race

Coming to the finish line
We're done!
After the race was over, we changed and then had lunch at Famous Dave's. My Aunt Susan was able to be there at the end of the race and she came to lunch with us!
Here's my mom- the runner!
We're ready for our food!

After lunch, we went home and took a quick nap. That night, we had tickets to the Real Salt Lake game, which was the home opener against the Seattle Sounders FC. The game started off great, with RSL playing really well. Unfortunately, the Sounders scored first. RSL fought back and the game eventually ended tied 2-2, with RSL scoring the game-tying goal in the 94th minute, which was so exciting! Another highlight of the game was David Archuleta appearing for a surprise performance at halftime. He performed with this adorable little boy name Jonah as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfilling his wish. Jonah has sickle-cell disease and is currently searching for a bone marrow donor match. Part of his wish was to play with the RSL players, which he did at a training earlier in the week, and then he was able to perform with his favorite artist, David Archuleta, at halftime. This little guy literally had me in tears because of his adorable grin and his spunk while singing in the background. There was one point where David let him take over and he hit the high note and held it with such character. I hope he finds the help he needs to get better.
Before the game started
David & Jonah belting it out
 
The famous pop idol himself
During the game

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