Team Heart ~ Mike and Niki


A family bond…

We occasionally may get down because of things we can’t do rather than working with the things we can.  This brother-sister team participated in the Mankato Marathon 2013 and were such an inspiration to view first hand. The brother, Mike,  had encephalitis at 18 months and is unable to walk, let alone run a marathon.  His sister, Niki, started running and pushing him so that he can experience the event and be involved.

The story behind the team may be found by clicking the link below:

http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/10/02/a-marathon-sibling-duo-to-root-for-she-runs-he-rolls/ 

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We first see them at mile 16.  The headwinds have to be challenging, but the pair just trudges on at a determined pace.

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The cheers and applause become louder  as the pair approaches.

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The announcers and race officials chatter with anticipation as the rolling duo arrive at the finish line.
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Cameras snap away while spectators cheer wildly.

And Mike is beaming…

Liz-Sanity at Grandma’s Marathon!!

Enjoyed the festivities at Grandma’s Marathon this past weekend as our daughter, Elizabeth, ran the 26.2 mile run along the scenic North Shore Drive from Two Harbors, MN to Canal Park in Duluth, Minnesota.  The Canal Park finish line was right next to the largest body of fresh water in the world, Lake Superior.  The community of Duluth did a wonderful job of welcoming runners and spectators while creating a fun, festive atmosphere for all.

I should have found a banner without traffic signs on it… Oh, well.  It is what it is.  Just make sure you DON’T park here from 3 – 6 a.m. and put money in the meter when you do park!

Waves of runners as viewed through the window of the skywalk.

I would enjoy participating in a community band.  Anyone need a rusty trombone player?!

We almost missed seeing her go past us.  A computer chip was put in her shoe so we were following her progress online. She had picked up speed when she got into town due to the crowds of spectators cheering runners on (She always did enjoy performance arts – bring it on…) so she got to our spot sooner than anticipated. Not wanting to miss a photo opportunity, I ran out onto the street to “catch the moment.”  Security did not tackle me since I had a baby carrier on my back!

Liz can now check “running a full marathon” off of her list of life accomplishments. Way to go!!  What’s next?

As for me, running is on my “use to could” list since I ran Grandma’s in the 1980’s but now I think my body isn’t probably as resilient as my younger self.  However, I was inspired by the number of people in my age group and older that were still running marathons. A guy in our hotel has run 33 marathons in 18 states and I think he was around my age if not older (unless marathon running really ages a person and he was 35!)  That is quite an accomplishment so I’ll allow him bragging rights.  The man who can top all for bragging rights is the 86 year old man that finished it in 6 hours something.  Now that is an accomplishment.  No, he wasn’t in a wheelchair.

Well, I’d better go… I think I’ll do a quick run to the end of the driveway.  (Hey, I have to start somewhere!!)