You may remember that last year my husband ran four half-marathons in October to raise money for an orphanage our church runs in India. The orphanage is called Heavens Gate and it is a home for children who are dying of AIDS or whose parents have died of AIDS. Well, this year Mike decided to run again, but stepped it up a notch by running a full marathon for his first race. He ran the St. George Marathon in 3 hours and 20 minutes the first weekend in October. That time was good enough to qualify him for the Boston Marathon which is in April. The next weekend the group ran a half-marathon in Gresham, Oregon. Last year Mike went alone (well, with the group, but without me) but this year I went with him. Here are some pictures from the race.
Here is Mike at the beginning of the race. They started in stages. He is right behind #470
Here's Mike crossing the finish line.
Last year was the inaugural year for this race. As a result, it was pretty small. I think last year every person who ran as part of Run 4 Heaven's Gate won first or second place in their age group. Mike won 2nd overall last year. I think he got first in his age group and second or third overall this year.
When our plane landed in Portland, we rented a car and drove to our hotel. Right outside of the airport is an IKEA. I've ordered a few things from them online before, but had never been inside an IKEA before, so I talked Mike into ditching our bags and going back to look around before we met the rest of the team for dinner. Holy mother of home goods! It was AMAZING! I really could have spent a week there and still not have seen everything. We only had about an hour so we took the quick tour, but it was so much fun. Here are a couple few pictures from our look around.