For the second year in a row, my husband and I had the opportunity to participate in the “Run for the Dream” 8k in Williamsburg, Virginia. The race beneficiary is “An Achievable Dream” and also supports the Wounded Warrior program. I made a shirt for this race that I could use for other races throughout the summer as well. Afterward, we headed to Busch Gardens for our second free trip this season.
We didn’t have to shuttle to the starting line this year, although our first choice parking place was inaccessible due to race detours. We ended up leaving one car in a parking garage and parking a second car near the starting line in an auxiliary spot at the Colonial Williamsburg Visitors Center. It was still quite a hike to the race start.
We arrived with an hour to spare before the 7 AM start time. The CW Fife & Drum Corps provided entertainment, and then we were off! My RunKeeper app malfunctioned, so I was glad my watch’s stopwatch worked. The 4.97-mile race route took us through Colonial Williamsburg, downtown Williamsburg, and The College of William & Mary, where I attended grad school. We also ran past the colonial house where I gave tours for 8 years as a child. (Race admission also got us free CW day passes, but we didn’t have time to use them.)
The course was relatively flat, with most of the “hills” being downhill. The temperature was perfect – much more tolerable than last year, when the race started later in the day. There was plenty of free food at the finish.
The race medals were cute – the blue part was similar to stained glass. I was able to ask for an extra medal for the baby’s nursery, so he’s up to 4 medals waiting in his room for his September arrival!
After the race, it was a quick turnaround to get over to Busch Gardens with the free tickets that came with our race packets. We went with my sister’s family, my parents, and our niece.
We beelined to the Sesame Street Forest of Fun first while everyone else ate lunch. It was a mob scene. E wanted nothing to do with Elmo or Grover this time.
We waited, no joke, an hour for Bert and Ernie’s Loch Adventure. (I found out later that there were NO lines on Sunday!)
Even though the little balloon ride broke down while he was on it, he was still able to get strapped in with his cousins, and he didn’t know the difference! He also tried on Mach Tower for size… way too small!
Since I’m pregnant and couldn’t ride much, we had to rely on his cousins, Grandma, and Daddy to take him on most of the rides, but he did a great job riding the Lil Clydes (clydsdale carousel), the Little Balloons, the Little Gliders, the Wirbelwindchen (little swings), the Aeronaut Skyride, Turkish Delight (teacups), and even Le Catapult (the scrambler)!
In Land of the Dragons, he rode Bug-a-Dug (the ladybugs), Chug-a-Tug (tugboats), and the Tree House/Net Climb. We ran into my cousin there and managed to get some of the cousins to sit for a picture! The 5 kids (and one posed on the slide) sat on that tiny curb together for the longest time while the adults snapped pictures!
We didn’t take a stroller or wear a carrier, but E did a pretty good job keeping up for the 9 hours we were there. Without a nap, there were a lot of times he wanted to be held, but he stayed up past his bedtime and slept hard that night, which was great since we were away from home and he doesn’t usually do well sleeping unless he’s at home. The next morning, we celebrated his cousin’s birthday at a nearby park with Duck Donuts. And then it was home for me to finish out the last week of school with students!