I don't know if there is anything significant about it being five years since Noah passed away but I'm finding that grief is hitting hard right now. This time of year is always hard with the lead up to Christmas and holidays without Aaron and Noah, and then the anniversary of Aaron's death, and I find myself just kind of wishing I could hide away for the next four months or so. I could've quite happily had not done the run this year, but I know we could never miss it as it's for such a great cause (to raise funds for Make a Wish) and we did the first one just a couple of weeks after Noah passed away.
It was a very small group who ran with us this year which made me sad. It just reminds me that 'five years' for other people is a LOT different to how five years feels to us. It was nice to have Simone and Simon and their kids join us again this year, as they were away on a holiday when it was on last year. My cousin Tim and his wife Helene and the kids also joined us. They look for any chance to go in a fun run as they love it and are all awesome runners.
Kobe was excited when I picked up the balloons that there were brown and gold ones, so of course he had to grab those (Hawthorn colours!).
This year was the first year that there was an option to do either 6.4 km or 3.2 km. Harri did the 6.4 km and came something like 18th overall! Jay, Kobe and I happily did the 3.2 km and Jay and Kobe ran the entire way, while I was happy to walk with Simone (who is pregnant) and Helene (who has an injury). It was a good excuse to take it easy.
We all got a medal at the end.
I haven't heard how much was raised this year, but I know it'll go to some very special local kids who are waiting on wishes right now.