Onto the miracle.....
I finished the race and my sweet race partner in crime, Amy, was waiting near the finish line because she smoked this half (1:40 ish)....yah, i am slowing her down (1:47 ish)....cheering me on as always. We head back to the car to get jackets to put on so we can stay warm while we are waiting for our buddies to finish. I was parked very close to the finish line, about, .05 miles. All of a sudden out of the corner of my eye, i see someone falling and within a matter of seconds he is flat on his face....as in face down on the pavement. WHAT? He is not moving at all. People go to his aid immediately. The man then starts convulsing and Amy calls 911, along with several others. All of a sudden the bystanders who've come to his aid are turning him over and he is foaming at the mouth. I start to cry and pray. He is not moving...no pulse. They were all cool as cucumbers and start doing chest compressions. It seemed like an eternity.......he moans. Praise God! Oh my, it was like a newborn babies cry to your ears when it comes out of the womb. More tears...more prayers. Then he opened his eyes. More tears...prayers. Paramedics arrived 7 minutes later.....7 minutes too late. Those bystanders....those racers.....those amazing angels.....saved that man's life! Granted it was not his time to go, but he was gone for a few brief minutes and because of their persistence and quick thinking, Nicolaus is alive today. If you are on Facebook, 'Like' Evergreen Trail Runs. You can read about what happened through all of the posts and see that the survivor himself posts a thank you to everyone. Oh my, it still makes me cry just thinking about it.
This was a good reminder that i need to wear my Road ID all the time, even during races. It has your contact information on there for emergencies. Everyone was wondering who this runner was there with. Fortunately when he woke up, he could tell the people the security code to his phone. They were able to call the friend who was at the race with him. But what if he did not have the phone? I don't carry my phone when i run. What if.....???
So please, buy a Road ID for $20. It comes in cool cute colors and will be one of the best investments you've ever made.
It was an amazing day. I was with amazing women in my life. I was able to witness an amazing miracle. Something i will never forget.......
|Jenny and I before the race.|
|Me, Amy. Jodi (Amy's sister). McKenna and Jenny|
4 Mommies and 11 kids.....hot Mommies!
|First race since we officially became Maniacs.|
Aren't we the cutest dorks you've ever seen? :-)
Love you Amy!