We have a tradition in the Botting household- Every year we train for the Texas Round Up hosted in Austin, TX. This year the race will be held on April 25th. Families from across the state come to compete in a 5k and 10k race. The program started in 2004 to promote wellness and healthier living for Texans. We are one of the largest states in the US but statistically one of the most under insured. It just makes good sense to make an effort to promote fitness.
Awards are given for the fittest Texan, fittest kid, and fittest family. Handicapped and wheel chair participants are also welcome to join in the event. The race takes you through the downtown area of Austin and the weather usually cooperates. The race ends at the state Capitol.
This is how WE do it- register on line for the race and book a room in Austin near downtown. We start training at least 60 days in advance by walking the track every night until we can reach a 10k momentum. (We also use swim training to help build strength and endurance). We show up at the booths early on race day because we stayed close by. We have four walkie talkies- one for me, one Tony, one for Amanda and one for Loren. There is usually a massive crowd and it is easy to lose track of your loved ones. (Cell phones get too sweaty). Amanda will outrun us all! The rest of us walk at a steady pace. As a family we are not concerned with coming in first or any particular placement in the race. Participating in the event and finishing the trek is what we shoot for.
If you live in Texas I would love to see you there. For those who do not live in Texas I would encourage you to enter a similar program with your family or by yourself. You will not regret it, I promise!
PS. Come on now! Don't make me go Denzel on you!