We had a big weekend – heavy duty spectating, with some serious early morning sound work thrown in!
Saturday was the Ukrops Monument 10K, and daughter Julia was running! I roadied for the Sound Guy, so we were there at 5am. I was feeling a little sorry for myself, until I talked to the balloon ladies, who’d been there since 3am. Takes awhile to build a 40 foot arch of 216 baloons! The races came off to the second – children started right at 8am, and the 10K first wave took off on the minute of 8:30. Julia was a bit back in the waves (much closer to the front that I would have been!) – she didn’t start until almost 9:45 am. And finished 10 minutes faster than her personal goal! We’re so proud of her for all the training and dedication she put into getting there!
Then on Sunday nephew Chris was down from George Mason University to crew in the first Rocketts Landing Collegiate Regatta. It was a mild, blustery morning and the wind was whipping white caps on the James. There were actually waves rolling upstream! We just missed Chris’ first outing and win for George Mason, but we were able to chat with him as the race was weather-delayed for 30 minutes. Then after a swamping and a capsizing, the race was called. I’ve never seen so many people down at the old Annabelle Lee dock! We were glad we came out.