That’s a wrap for another year

It is difficult to put into words how draining and rewarding ourboys 5k/10k is to pull off, but I guess I will give it a try.  In the weeks leading up to the race I really don’t have much time to really think about it.  Setting up registration, ordering shirts, running around picking up info from our sponsors on top of the normal work schedule and caring for two terminally ill children.  Once the day comes and people start to show up to run, it all starts to slow down a bit but it changes.  It becomes much more personal, to see the faces you know  from years past and to meet new people as well.  This year was a little extra special because Jeremy decided to roll through the course for the first time.  I was glad that he got to do that and special thanks to the Ballantine family and Steve Bassett for being a special part of the day.


But it also made me a little sad because there was a time that Brandon would never pass that up and it didn’t seem to bother him a bit. He is slowing down and it hurts.  Jeremy is also slowing down, just 14 months ago he walked a 5k with me and I don’t think he could do that now.  After I got my high five in the picture above I stayed right where I was for a few seconds.  Overcome with the emotions of what just happened, I bowed my head and cried a couple of tears.  I honestly can’t tell you for sure whether they were happy tears or sad tears, just that they were tears.  Then I turned around and faced the crowd and thanked everyone that I could find for being there to share the day with us.

There are so many people to thank and you all know who you are and I hope you know how much our family and other Batten families around the world appreciate you.  I have to recognize Jeff McGonnell and Andy Brown and their families for your time, energy and sacrifice.  This event could not happen without you all and we are eternally grateful.  Volunteers make our event run smoothly so a huge shout out to all that took time out of their Saturday morning to come make our event special!!!!

A big thank you to Nikki Lynch and all the Moss Creek Cheetahs for training and running in our event.  It really made this a community event this year and we appreciate all that you did!

Our sponsors this year were awesome to work with so please let them know you heard about them through ourboys 5k/10k:

Huntersville Concord Triathlon Club                                                  Team Carneglia

Mary Ballantine State Farm agent                                                         Ryan Foot and Ankle Clinic

Sticky Fingers                                                                                                Countryside Montesorri

Maid Brigade                                                                                                  Highland Creek Chiropractic and Acupuncture

Ferrell Family Dentistry                                                                          Niagara Bottling Co

Sportsclips                                                                                                     Fleet Feet Sports


Final results are available at

Until next time, thank you so much for your support!!!!


I am married to Wendy and dad to two boys Brandon and Jeremy with Juvenile Batten Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative childhood disorder. I am also active with the Batten Disease Support and Research Association.

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