OPERATION: Bring Art to the People- the Donna Marathon 26.2 Edition

So last year, my 17 year old athletic younger sister told me that she was going to start training for the Donna Marathon in February 2013. At the time, it seemed so far away, but before I knew it, the big day had arrived.

As her big sister, I did what any supportive non-athletic artistic person would do: I made her this awesome poster…

The Dingo Loves The Donna Poster :)

The Dingo Loves The Donna Poster 🙂

As you can see, the Jax Dingo made an appearance, sporting pink, wearing a ribbon, & covered in glitter to show his love and support for breast cancer awareness and my little sister.

So with poster in hand, we made it out the door before the crack of dawn, into the freezing cold temperatures, to witness history in the making. But to our surprise, we hit some pretty massive traffic in Ponte Vedra. The clock was ticking, my sister was getting very impatient and after what seemed an eternity, she yelled as she bolted out of the car, “I didn’t train for months and pay all that money for nothing!” She ran 2 miles just to get to the starting line. She made it just in time.

Then the race had began. As she commenced her 26.2 mile journey, my mom and I hopped a shuttle and proceeded to the 10 mile mark. We anxiously awaited my sister as we cheered on random runners, as we people watched,  as we sang, as we danced, as we jumped up and down to keep ourselves warm, and as we entertained ourselves, then we finally saw her…

Lil' sis at mile 10 :)

Lil’ sis at mile 10 🙂

Usually, a very serious runner, her face lit up when she saw us (and the fabulous poster of course.) We yelled & cheered “WAY TO GO ANGIE!!!” as she flew by. We were so proud, but now we had to wait for her to loop back around so I did what I do best when left to my own vices: I shared some free art 🙂

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood 207 Atlantic Blvd.

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood 207 Atlantic Blvd.

Random bench on Atlantic Blvd in Neptune Beach.

Random bench on Atlantic Blvd in Neptune Beach.

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood.

Shared some art love at Sun Dog Steak & Seafood.

Then, it was back to the race and guess who we saw at mile 17 looking as fabulous as ever? 🙂

My lil' sis at mile 17.

My lil’ sis at mile 17.

That’s right, my little sister shining as bright as the sun! Now it was time to make our way to the finish line so we hopped on another shuttle and made our way.

My lil' sis crossing the finish line of her first marathon!

My lil’ sis crossing the finish line of her first marathon!

We couldn’t of been more proud of her as she crossed the finish line with a time of 04:29:31. Such a huge accomplishment for such a young person. It really shows that if you set a goal and work hard, you can accomplish almost anything! Or at the very least, get an awesome Dingo Love poster made in your honor 😉

GO ANGIE! YOU ROCK!

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