Archive | April, 2011

What a weekend

4 Apr

After an amazing, whirlwind weekend Nick and I finally arrived back in Las Vegas this evening.  I am elated to report that the E-Team was in full effect at the Fool’s Five race and represented a healthy portion of the participants!  My cross-country coach in high school always used to tell us that like many strenuous activities, running was 90% mental and 10% physical.  I prayed this was still true as I lined up at the starting line, about to embark on a 5 mile run; this would be the first real exercise I had done since starting chemo last July (assuming you don’t include the countless walks I took down the hospital hallways, sporting my backless gown and pushing an IV cart).  Thank God this was still the case, as it was my determination – and not my scrawny, deteriorated quad muscles – that allowed me to cross the finish line a mere one hour, fifteen minutes and forty-eight seconds later.  And who can forget the sea of Team Emily shirts surrounding the finish line and cheering me in…with a crowd like that, I probably could have gone another five!  Thanks to everyone who came out to support, as well as those who were there in spirit.  Numerous people have told me that even though they couldn’t make it to the race, they walked or ran in my honor yesterday, including my brother who took the dogs on a five mile hike! As I am quite exhausted after it all, I will keep this rather short but share a few pictures from the weekend…more to follow.

My thanks again to everyone who made this a truly unforgettable weekend.

The E-Team! This is a nice hi-res photo, click on it several times to get even greater detail.

The photo finish!

Post-race photo with Jane, Dad and Em

On your mark. Get set. Race details!

1 Apr

With the Fool’s Five race just two days away, I wanted to provide some last minute details for those who will be participating.  I am so proud and inspired by the fact that the E-Team will be comprising a healthy percentage of the race participants!

Saturday Evening Pasta Dinner

My amazing Aunt Karen, the consummate cook, has organized a pasta dinner tomorrow night in order to provide everyone with sufficient carbs and energy for race day.

What: A hearty pasta dinner with garlic toast will be served. Plates, napkins, utensils, non-alcoholic beverages and coffee will be provided.  There will be a small fee collected at the door to cover cost of food and lodge rental.  Feel free to bring any other beverages you wish, keeping in mind glass containers are not allowed.

Where: Holzinger Lodge, 651 W. Lake Blvd., Winona, MN

When: Saturday, April 2nd, 4pm – Midnight

Directions: (from Twin Cities) Take Hwy 61 South to Winona, Turn Right at Huff Street, and then take another quick Right. Go approximately 1.5 miles to the Lodge.

Fool’s Five Road Race

Sunday is race day!  With over 2,000 participants pre-registered, things may get a bit hectic, however we have secured a prime meeting place for everyone to congregate at.

Registration/packet pick-up: 9am – Noon at the Lewiston Altura High School, 100 County Road 25, Lewiston, MN 55952

E-Team meeting place: 24522 County Road 25 (look for the Team Emily sign posted in the front yard).  This location is on the SE corner across from the High School, just strides from the starting line!  Note: arrive early, as parking could be scarce.

Race start time: 1pm

For those who will be there in spirit

For those of you who cannot make it, keep us in your thoughts on Sunday and pray for some decent weather.  A number of people  have inquired how to donate towards the cause.  While I couldn’t find a direct link for donations, click here for a link that will take you to a pledge sheet (on page two) that you can fill out and send in.  Just make certain to indicate it is on behalf of Emily Akerberg’s team, as we are keeping a total tally of all donations received.

Thanks again for all those involved, I’m looking forward to sharing photos and stories after this weekend!