Archive for December 3, 2012

Race week is here! No, not the Houston Marathon, but it is a big, big race nonetheless in the Marruchella household.

Landry and I are both registered and “bibbed” for this Friday nights’ Lights of Love 5K benefitting the Ronald McDonald House here in Austin.

Landry and her Mommy will be running in the kids K, followed by the timed 5K where Dad is going to be trying to lay down something special in the final event of the evening.

The race is a great one in and of itself, but Ronald McDonald House does a tremendous job making this a wonderful family event.

There is race day packet-pick-up and registration available at 5:30 p.m. followed by the family fun run/kids K at 6:30 a.m. and then finally the timed 5K race at 7:00 p.m.

The course is flat, fast and fun – so if running a quick time is your thing, under the lights in December, this is a great course for that. But there are also some really cool events that make this one a great way to kick off the holiday season.

You can:

  • *Run, jog or walk in the Lights of Love 5K and Family Fun Run
  • *Register your furry four-legged friend and they get a special Lights of Love bandana
  • *Take your picture with Santa Claus and Ronald McDonald
  • *Let your kids enjoy the holiday crafts area
  • *Listen to great music on the course and at the Hangar
  • *All our Child 5K and Family Fun Run finishers enjoy a finisher’s prize
  • *Enjoy the festive lights and hot chocolate stop on the 5K course

There is even an un-sanctioned, un-official beer stop around mile 2 of the 5K course that is put on my one of the local residents. Tent, Kegs, Cups, Table, the whole nine yards. Last year I ran my cool-down back to the table for a beverage after the race and then ran in with the Caleb’s Army Team.

Which brings me to the important part about why we will be out on Friday night racing. The cause.

Landry has a friend in Austin, now just 18 months old named Caleb. Out of all the little guys that I know in the world, Caleb’s first 18 months has been among the most difficult. Caleb was born with a congenital condition – imperforate anus (IA) which means that he was born without a “pooper” as Landry would say. He had several accompanying complications and has spent a great deal of time at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where the best Doctors in the world for his condition(s) are located.

Caleb’s family made the Ronald McDonald House in Cincinnati their home away from home. There they have received the care, support and love that they needed while going through an incredibly difficult time. At times the Ronald McDonald House was all that made the situation manageable. For a recommended daily donation of $25 (they will not turn you away if you cannot pay) the Ronald McDonald House came through for them when very little in their lives seemed to be going their way.

Since then, Caleb continues to battle. He is going to need therapy to help him accomplish developmental milestones like climbing stairs, balancing, jumping, even standing on one foot. Things that I watch my daughter Landry do every day and do with ease.

He has a long road ahead of him – but he also has a lot of people in his corner supporting him and his wonderful family.

Landry will be racing in the Kids K/Family Fun Run this year with her Mommy and without a jogging stroller. This one is all her.

Go Big or Go Home

Go Big or Go Home

If you would like to support Landry as she tries to reach her fundraising goal of $750 (Landry has already raised over $600!) – you can visit her fundraising page at the Lights of Love website by clicking HERE:

Or by visiting:

For more information about the race, or if you would like to register to run, raise funds or both – you can visit:

I hope to see you out there this Friday Night! Please say hello if you do, but you better catch me before the race starts at 7:00 p.m.

I don’t plan on letting too many people catch me after the gun fires.

Thank you in advance for supporting Caleb’s Army and my daughter Landry. Afterall, all kidding aside about racing on Friday – that is what this is all about. Happy Holidays everyone!