Tuesday, August 21, 2012

2012 Run to Remember - Start to Finish

It's About Kids! It's About Safety! It's About Caring! It's About Time!®

The "Run to Remember" always begins with a ritual trip to the top of 
Pikes Peak the day before the Pikes Peak Ascent.

Michael, Tom, Matthew, Russ, Mike, and Shawn (L to R) in front of the
"America the Beautiful" Plaque. Katharine Lee Bates wrote this poem that became an American anthem while looking out from the summit of Pikes Peak in 1893.

Matthew, Shawn, Michael , Tom, Russ, and Mike (L to R)
The Run to Remember Team on the Summit of Pikes Peak

A lighthearted "Usain Bolt" moment before we have to 
kick it in to gear to go up the mountain Saturday

(Back L to R) Mike and Russ
Front -Matthew, Tom, Michael, Shawn
Back to Earth posing at what will be the start line for 
the Pikes Peak Ascent on August 18th

Russ's last supper the night before the ascent

Michael prepares the night before the race by 
decorating his shoe with the initials of Erika Joy Rowan, one of the 
loved ones we run to remember.


63 loved ones etched on the back of our Run to Remember shirts.
13.32 miles, 7,800 foot vertical climb, 14,115 feet above sea level at the summit. Pikes Peak stands before us. We are ready to run to remember.

Shannon's image graces Dad's hat.

Matthew, Tom (Dad), and Michael just before the start

A pre-race prayer for all the loved ones and 
their families we run to remember

Russ Lloyd, Shannon's dad, heads towards the summit. Russ is the first parent of a loved one whose name is carried on our Run to Remember shirts to join the team for the trek up the Peak. Russ had a great day on the mountain. He's talking about coming back next year. Others welcome to join our team (e-mail me at Tom@kkad25.org about running or joining our support team)

Michael Everson leads the team as the first to finish.

Russ at the finish line

Shawn Everson nears the 
finish of his 3rd Run to Remember

A weary yours truly, Tom Everson, heads towards the finish.

Yours truly truly was finished (1 IV and plenty of oxygen to treat dehydration). I am fine. It's amazing what getting off a 14,115 foot mountain can do for your breathing:-)

Matthew nearing the summit to finish his 6th R2R.

Matthew gets a breather after his finish.

Mike does us all 13 better. Sunday, August 19th, he runs 26.2 miles up and down the trail on Pikes Peak to remember loved ones. He completes the journey in 5 hrs. 38 min. and places 3rd in his age group-amazing!

Mike drains 3 IVs of fluid to treat his exhaustion from giving his all on behalf of all we ran to remember.

Mike (2nd from right in the R2R shirt) recovers to receive his award, the first Run to Remember Team member to do so. The families of all we run to remember share this trophy as your loved ones inspire us to climb higher in working to realize the mission of Keep Kids Alive Drive 25.

Finisher's shirt - we all earned one, and your loved ones were with us every step of the way.
Our team is because of you.

Our goal was $14,115. We have raised $5,195. We welcome additional donations at Run to Remember Donate
Thank you to all who support the mission. We welcome your continued support as we plan for the 7th "Run to Remember" August 17th, 2013, Pikes Peak, Colorado. The mountain will be there. We plan to be there as well. Let me know if you'd like to join us.

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Peek from the Peak

Beginning a Peak Experience - Our Run to Remember Team at the summit of Pikes Peak - L to R Matthew, Shawn, Michael, Tom, Russ, and Mike. Your support appreciated - visithttp://www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org/run_to_remember.html.

Our Usain Bolt moment as we stretch our sights beyond the summit. The names of all we run to remember grace the back of our running shirts.

Our Katharine Lee Bates penned the poem that became the lyrics for 
"America the Beautiful." Our team is inspired by these words.

L to Right Michael, Tom, Matthew Everson, Russ Lloyd, Mike and Shawn Everson

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Arrival for Run to Remember

The Run to Remember Team has 
arrived at the foot of Pikes Peak

Run to Remember Team posing at what will be the start line for the Pikes Peak Ascent & Marathon 6,300 ft above sea level. Top L to R - Mike Everson, Russ Lloyd, Bottom L to R Matthew, Tom, Michael, and Shawn Everson. Support for the mission welcome athttp://www.keepkidsalivedrive25.org/run_to_remember.html.

Monday, August 6, 2012

Do Car Commercials Encourage Speeding

Keep Kids Alive Drive 25®

What do you think? Do car commercials encourage motorists to speed and/or engage in other risky driving behaviors? Check these out:


Let's get the conversation started.

It's About Kids! It's About Safety! It's About Caring! It's About Time!®