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Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Yesterday Zack and I ran the 10 mile Red Nose Run benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. I was given the opportunity to run by my running mama Darnell who wasn’t feeling well, and Zack ran as a part of his company’s team.

Red Nose Run

Tutu Brigade – photos courtesy of David Barry

We were both a part of the Tutu Brigade—Broadway Birmingham is putting on Billy Elliott The Musical at the end of the month, so they teamed up with The Bell Center for Early Intervention Programs to raise money for the children and promote the show. As a former dancer and big fan of The Bell Center, this was a dream come true for me. Who doesn’t want to wear a tutu in a race?

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

The weather was miserable—67 degrees and 97% humidity at the start. In January. Somewhere a polar bear is crying because of global warming. It felt like you were running through a sauna dressed in winter clothes. Zack started to feel funny from the heat around mile 5, so I did my best to distract him for the second half of the race. The weather didn’t affect me until after I finished, when I promptly got lightheaded and had to sit down. I absolutely hate humidity. It was why I felt sick at the Rocket City Marathon, and if it’s humid the day of my 50k then I’ll just curl up on the trail and melt into the dirt.

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Volunteers cheering us on

I ran the race as a training run, so I didn’t pay attention to pushing my pace. I also wanted to run with Zack and make sure that he ran a smart race since I’m helping him train for the Mercedes Half Marathon next month. He hadn’t run 10 miles since his half marathon last year, and he did a great job despite the heat.

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Ronald and me

This was our first time running the Red Nose Run and I was very impressed with Championship Racing and the wonderful job that they did. While the swag bags were nothing to write home about, the volunteers, water stops, post race party, and overall atmosphere were excellent. Any race that has Full Moon bbq and Ronald McDonald gets an A+ in my book!

Big thank you to Teresa Wilkes Crane and David Barry for organizing the Tutu Brigade!

Some more pictures:

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Zack’s coworkers loving his tutu

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Hallucination? Or dancing bear at a water stop

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Love that my husband will put on a tutu

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Love this shot

Red Nose Run, Billy Elliott, Broadway Birmingham, Homewood, Alabama

Men can dance too!

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