“I loved today.” Jogging for Jack 2014

As I laid my head down Saturday night, I said to Chris, “I loved today.”


The day started off with thunderstorms and dark skies.  I was imagining all of us sitting in our cars waiting for the 5K to start and no one at the start line because of the down pour.

But it passed, thankfully the clouds kept moving, and a few sprinkles made for perfect running and walking conditions.

We were able to get a group picture before the start, missing about 10-12 people, but with such a large group it was the best we could do at the moment.

High school and college friends, family, roommates, coworkers, coaches, players, friends we hadn’t seen in years, neighbors, cousins, uncles, small group friends, and friends of friends.  Not only were we there with all of these people, but they brought their families.  Some of them did their first 5K! Awesome!  Some of them drove over 4 hours to be with us.  We are blessed by each of you, your love for our Jack, and coming out to celebrate people with Down syndrome means more than you know.  Thank you.  

Jogging for Jack helped raise over $3,000 for Gigi’s playhouse and many of you helped us get to that number.  Again, we are just blown away by your generosity.  Your donations will help Gigi’s provide free programs to people with Down syndrome and families.  The Twin Cities location only has one paid employee and tons of volunteers.  If you ever are in the Hopkins area, stop in and see the amazing environment that Gigi’s provides.  Check out their website


.  There are many areas where you can help besides monetary donations.  Check out their wish list which includes office supplies and more.  

Chris and his friend, Ryan, crossed the finish line 1st again with a time of 17:40.  Repeat!  Last year, Chris casually walked to start and thought, “I’m going to win this for my son.”  And this year, he had to live up to his last year’s performance, and he didn’t disappoint.  

 The kids dash was about 10 yards long and Luke would describes his performance like this, “I shot out like a rocket!”