Two years ago, on June 4, 2013, the world lost a very special little boy, Peyton Moore. Peyton was the son of my friends Noah and Jennifer Moore, who are some of the strongest people I have ever met.
In his nine years, Peyton inspired a community. He raised over $15,000 for the Injured Marines Semper Fi fund, participated in multiple sports such as football, wrestling, running, and javelin, and was a Cub Scout. He also helped his father, Noah, coach a local Couch to 5K program and loved encouraging new runners.
Many of the Couch to 5K runners who Peyton inspired have gone on to run more 5Ks, half and full marathons, and even 50K ultra marathons. Together with others in the community, they participate in local races, runs, and other events and dedicate it to Peyton.
Since Race the Landing #3 occurred on the anniversary of Peyton’s death, we wore red shirts (or shirts from Peyton’s Wild and Wacky race) in Peyton’s memory and dedicate our Race the Landing to him. Along with shirts, many of us ladies purchased and wore Run 4 P headbands.
Peyton loved running in the rain, and no race in his memory is complete without it. While it didn’t rain during the race, we had a 60% chance of thunderstorms, and one rolled through around 4:30. A few people asked on Facebook worried the race might be cancelled, but the storm ended at 5.
Driving to Charles Towne Landing, I saw a beautiful rainbow and thought about Noah, Jen, Peyton, and “Little Moore”, as Jen is now pregnant with another little boy. I’m not particularly religious, but seeing a rainbow before a race is always inspiring (there was also a rainbow after Peyton’s Wild and Wacky race in March).
I got to Charles Towne Landing, picked up my race number and Tervis Tumbler gift, and warmed up. Like Race the Landing #1 and #2, the weather was beautiful and not swelteringly hot (but still warm- this is South Carolina).
The first mile of the course is such a tease because much of it is a slight downhill and it’s not curvy like the rest of the course. My first mile is always the fastest, and I break down at Mile 3 when the turns get crazy and I’m ready to be done. I have run this course 8 times, and the turns still get to me. It’s beautiful, but it’s one of the hardest courses in Charleston. Larry, who runs with us on Sunday mornings, was just ahead of me, so I hoped to keep Larry in sight as long as I could. Another girl I ran with on Sunday, Virginia, passed me in the first mile (she ended up placing 3rd overall).
I hammered it in and finished in 22:27, beating my previous two Race the Landing times and finishing 4th female overall, 1st place 25-29 female. Considering it was my 7th day straight of running (Don’t worry- I rested on Friday) and I did a speed workout the night before, I’ll take what I can get. I am hoping to improve when the weather cools down.
I ran 2 miles on the course to cool down, thank the volunteers, and cheer for everyone I knew who was still on the course. I saw a lot of familiar faces and all the volunteers were great- this series has the friendliest people.
The theme was Oktoberfest, so the food was German themed. The meal had a lot of meat items, so there wasn’t a whole lot I could eat this time, but the potatoes and cooked apples were good.
After everyone ate, it was time for awards- and this week’s age group awards were swords. The age group awards are five year, five people deep, so many who normally just miss out on awards at other races can earn them at Race the Landing.
Nothing beats getting a toy as an award because everyone’s inner child comes out, and we had fun sword fighting after the race.
It was a beautiful night for a run dedicated to Peyton, especially with the rain, rainbow, red shirts, and sword awards. I’m excited for next week’s race, which is Native American themed.
Race Name: Race the Landing 5K
Location: Charleston, SC (Charles Towne Landing State Park, West Ashley)
Date and Time: June 4, 2015, 7 PM
Terrain: Flat road, one wooden bridge, curvy course, shade.
Entry fee: $105 for 5-race series, $30 early registration, $35 late registration.
Swag: Tech shirt (blue tank) for series participants, finisher’s medal for all runners, tervis tumbler.
Post-race Food: Potatoes, cabbage, sausage, pasta with chicken, apples, some other kind of meat, Yuengling beer. Each person receives one beer ticket; you can purchase more or obtain them from non-drinkers. The finish line had freeze pops.
Weather: Sunny, 77 degrees, 83% humidity
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