On Saturday, AJ ran in the Derby Day Stakes 5k at Coldstream Park in Lexington, his first 5k. The race was benefitting the Northwest Haiti Christian Mission, an organization that runs an orphanage where one of AJ's fellow adoptee buddies is from.
Ready to run (and firmly in the "too cool to smile" phase)
And they're off!
AJ finished with a time of 22:18, good enough for 7th overall and 1st in his age group. (Another runner informed me that he would've finished faster and higher in the results, but he took a brief detour onto the 10k trail.)
Congratulated by Dad after the race
AJ and the other placers in his age group
It was a big week for AJ, as his middle school soccer team had three games. He scored one goal in a 2-0 win on Monday, then scored both his team's goals - including a golden goal with 20 seconds to go in sudden death extra time - to win 2-1 on Thursday.