23:20:42 are magical numbers … that is because Phil did it! As of this morning he ran his first 100 mile marathon with the strength and love of Wylder, Quinn, Trek, Lilly, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Faith, Riley and Amber. It was an amazing 24 hours even for us from a far in Arizona. We felt so blessed and connected to the challenge Phil was undertaking to spread the word and raise awareness about Niemann Pick A and show his support for our families.
Phil and his team were able to text me updates throughout the run which I tried my best to get out on Twitter and FB, and I was so grateful for the updates. It made me immediately think of not only Phil on those miles, but each individual child he was running for in those moments and made me feel more connected to each little one and their families. It was quite emotional.
Phil’s updates went something like this, and included these pictures of the kids all pinned to his shirt as he concord mile after mile after mile
“First 10 for Garrett”
“Kaitlyn took me to 20, now it’s Lily’s Turn”
“Lily took care of me!! Riley’s turn!”
“Riley delivered as promised … 40 down. Amber’s turn”
“Amber was awesome, half way through. I feel great. Heavy hitters on deck with Faith leading off”
“Trek is up, 70 done”
“Jacob is up … we are flying, eighty down”
“Thanks to Quinn 90 done” … “let’s go Wylder! ”
“100 mile finisher in 23:20:42. The angelic intervention of the team was unbelievable”
After an accomplishment of this magnitude I am not only over the moon once again for Phil and all he does, but reminded of the power and strength of our Niemann Pick A community. (the family you never hoped to have, but will always be glad you found). Phil found the strength to get this done because of OUR kids, wow. He ran for nearly 24 hours straight, including through a dark and chilly night, because our kids never took a single step. He thought of them and drew strength from their accomplishments and lives. Wow. I will never be able to fully understand how Phil can run 100 miles, and all that that requires … but I will fully understand how my kiddo, my Wylder, gives unimaginable strength, love and perspective through times of need. Thank you to all of the families who joined the “team” making this such a special, special, special accomplishment.
HUGMUNGOUS thank you to all who donated to Wylder Nation thru Phil’s virtual pacer silent auction. You all cease to amaze Steven and me with your ability to show your support … even when we only shared about all that was happening just hours before Phil took off. For you we are forever grateful. The work and accomplishments we plan to take on would not be possible without your generosity. Thank you.
Thank you for keeping Phil safe Wylder and showing him the way. You are magical to me forever and always. Thank you for ALL that you continue to do and the friendships you are bringing into our life. We love and miss you and will see you in our dreams. xoxo