(cam w/ his oldest son)
had to be one of the most spectacular finishes ever-
SO- I think that we all finally settled into bed around 3:30 am after LaRane put in her 14 miles and Cam picked up his last pacer to take him all the way home. As we left Brighton, we figured that he’d be finishing around 11am, so we were determining what time we needed to leave the house etc. just before 6am, LaRane was waking me up from a very deep sleep and told me that she just got a call from Roundy that Cam would probably be finishing around 8am. (3-4 hours earlier than we were thinking). Basically that meant that we needed to swing into action and get ourselves up to the Homestead in Midway for the finish. Everyone was dead asleep, and so we were trying to be quiet packing up and getting out. We got to the homestead around 7:30, and the internet was projecting his arrival for 8:34am.
(katie and her sweet baby- 40 degrees beautiful morning!)
(cam's oldest... wearing his 'team' shirt proud!)
We decided to believe Roundy, and we got ourselves to the finish line, all set up by 7:45am. Not too long after, Cam came into view- I looked at my watch and it was ALMOST 8am. We all started yelling and screaming, and realized that he is SPRINTING to the finish! He obviously was aware how close it was to 8am. He finished at 7:58…..making his time: 26:58:32 …
He was so totally fabulous at the end! He was walking
around… no tears, no collapsing, he looked and felt great… and I was like CAM!! You are in the 26th
hour!!! Congrats!!! And he was arguing w/ me, that no way could it be under 27
hours… he is convinced that it’s just under 28 hours.
(this is Cam just past the finish w/ the Race Director- this guy was presonally greeting and welcoming each runner across the finish line!)
SO that freaked me out- I went and checked his official time and SURE ENOUGH- Cam finished in UNDER 27 hours!!! And it was so funny, cause he couldn’t even believe it! a whole hour that he made up with out even knowing it! CLASSIC!! I guess that he pushed pretty hard and his buddy Roundy was an awesome pacer, letting him know the numbers of where he was and what it would take to have what kind of finish. At some point about 10 miles left… he started telling Cam that he could possibly get in by 8am.
(this is Cam's awesome anchor pacer-Jeff Roundy!- you made all the difference Jeff! thanks!)
Get this, Roundy was having a hard time keeping up w/ Cam, and finally they decided that Cam was going to take off and try to get in by 8. So Cam fired it up, and even ditched his pack/water/etc about a mile out. I expected to see a ½ dead, barley standing Cameron, but NO- he was walking on air! so excited…
You know, I really think it was the t-shirts that gave him the motivation! (chuckle).
You might remember before we started… that Cam was extending an invitation to make a small donation to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation if he was able to finish!! Even if you are willing to ‘pledge’ .05$ per mile… (equaling only $5 total)… that would be awesome!! The donation will be applied under my cousin’s name:
As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the day…
Colton and Cory were planning on entering their very first skateboarding competition today!
(here is the cheering squad!)
They have been spending quite a bit of time at the local skate park, and they were both pretty excited about it! they both entered into the ‘beginner’ category. The competition was judged by 3 skater-dudes, and 10 participants skated in a “jam session” for 10 minutes. Of the 20 participants, 4 were chosen w/ the highest scores to have another 3 minute “jam session”… Colton got some ‘big air’… did a 50/50 out of the bowl, landed a 180 heel flip and other very fabulous tricks… anyway… guess what?
Colton WON! First place! He won a skateboard deck from “Odeus”… Colton is BEYOND stoked. So, here is the scrapbook moment… he came up to me and asked me to remove his number off the back of his shirt- and then he looked at me and said ‘are you going to go ahead and use that for a scrapbook page?’… my answer: “of course!”.