One of the biggest events in our town each year is the Seaside School half marathon and 5k. This year we had 4,000 runners from around the world travel to here to participate in this race. This fund-raiser supports Seaside Neighborhood School’s elective classes of gardening, music, art, technology, dance (woot!), yearbook, plus smaller math classes and our award winning robotics program. As you know, our children are students at Seaside Neighborhood School, and I am the ballet teacher there, so this event is near and dear to my heart.
You may recall one of my earliest blog posts which showed our oldest son running his very first 5k in Seaside 5k with Peter. Wow, where does time go – our little guy was only a second grader. Peter never left his side. This picture brings tears to my eyes.
Here they are approaching the finish line. Peter giving him a little papa bear encouragement to sprint.
Fast forward six years to this past weekend. Our boy won 1st place in his age division and 7th out of 614 runners! He looked so grown-up from a distance that I barely recognized him in time to capture this picture.
We were so proud of him. Let me mention that this guy was up by 4:30am before the race to fulfill his volunteer duties with set-up…and he still kicked it in the race! Made sure to cook him a heavy protein breakfast at a crazy hour. All Seaside Neighborhood School students, parents, and teachers volunteer for the race (along with many other volunteers) to help make it happen.
We were excited that this was our oldest daughter’s first year to run in the race. She ran despite a tendon injury from a pretty rough fall off my horse last week during training. She ended up 8th in her age group! Her determination amazes me. No stoppin’ this girl.
Here’s a picture I had to share, our son with Mrs. Modica, owner of Modica Market in Seaside. She finished the 5k this year at 83 years young! It was fun visiting with her after the race – her attitude and joie de vivre is so inspiring. You can read a heart-warming story about her participating in the race in the Walton Sun here.
I love introducing you to some of the dear people in our community. And for many of you, Seaside is your family’s home away from home. Cherished years of laughter, bliss, and pure spontaneous fun with multiple generations of your family. There is nothing greater than those memories.
If you like to keep tabs on the happenings (and breathtaking moments) in Seaside, you may want to follow the official instagram page of SEASIDE® over here. Their sunset shots are jaw-dropping. A few shots from the SEASIDE® IG page…
You can’t beat our beaches.
Or rooftops views ; )
Or the fact that this is the perfect place to throw away all your cares and dream.
The race was the perfect kick off to spring, which officially begins in 17 days! Can’t wait to see you enjoying the sun and fun very soon in our town : )
Huge thanks to our incredible 2014 race sponsors, runners, and volunteers. Thank you for all of your support and for investing in our students and their future!