August 1st, 2014
The 17th Annual Debbie Green 5k
It is hard to believe that both the 2014 Jamboree in the Hills and the ItalianFestival have come and gone. Although I did not attend either event this year, I did my usual "drive by" of the Jamboree site on Friday and Saturday. As tradition in the Ohio Valley continues, the 17th Annual Debbie Green 5K will take place tomorrow, August 2. Voted as one of the top 263 road races in the world, the downtown Wheeling route is quite a challenge for all ages.
Each person competes in their own age group and since life is always moving forward, I am moving up to another age group. Moving up an age group may make me feel bad (but not old!), but knowing I am doing something that many people years younger than I would not attempt, makes me quite pleased with myself! I enjoy watching the faces of some people when I say I am going to walk a 5K! Some are shocked at this senior citizen doing something so ambitious, but all are supportive.
I am entering with Victoria Jenkins, the 14-year-old daughter of my good friends Mike and Andrea Jenkins. Victoria is registered to run in the race so I guess I'll just be seeing her from behind, but I like knowing we are doing something, if not together, for a cause we both can get behind and support. Hopefully, I'll find some friendly person to walk and talk with me this year as John and Denise Artimez did last year. I probably held them back last year, but they stayed with me since it was my first competition walk and because, I'll admit, I was the oldest Bordas employee competing. I am proud to work for a firm like Bordas & Bordas, which supports an event that raises money to fight childhood leukemia.
I hope to place well in my age group, but just finishing the race will be great with me!