I'm a Valley Girl, born and raised in Linville, went to Broadway HS and off to the University of Colorado where I was a sprinter/hurdler. Jeff went to JMU and played a little baseball. We fell in love, got married, had two kids. As anyone with kids may tell you, you can lose yourself in the routine of work, home, diapers, soccer practices, etc. We did, until we found a shared love of running. We've been doing races (not always the same distance....I'm still a sprinter and he's in to the long runs), for the last 4-5 years. Some even with our kids! It's awesome to know that your biggest support, your teammate in life, is waiting for you at the finish line!
How did you hear about Pound the Peak?
We participated in the Brothers Brewing Three Miler and just loved the vibe. We followed VA Momentum on FB and Insta and checked out the event line up for the 2016 season. Plus, we really just wanted to say "Pound the Peak"...I'm totally into alliteration!
How did you come up with the idea to dress up as Ma and Pa?
A few years ago, some friends of ours had an 80's party (you know, big hair, neon colors, etc). We thought it would be much funnier to dress like we were 80. So we did. It was hilarious! Seeing how none of the Pound the Peak participants were at said friend's party, we thought we could get away with recycling and "old" joke!
What's your best memory from the event an why?
For me, it was seeing in-action, how well we know each other; praising our strengths and supporting each others weaknesses. When we hit challenge #1, Jeff just handed me the paper and said "this is all you, babe!" Challenge #2 was a numbers thing and thinking outside of the box, so clearly I handed it to over to the wiz of the family! For Jeff though, I think he really enjoyed the community aspect of it. On a number of occasions, runners commented on our costumes and then introduced themselves to us. What other sport does that? Really? Jeff was in awe of the supportive factor. It's a competition....cloaked in fun and soaked in beer! :)
Did anyone say anything to you or avoid you in a way that made you think they actually thought you were an elderly couple?
We got a lot of funny looks as we staggered our way into the check in area. Once we got in line for shirts, I think it was Alan [Co-Founder of VA Momentum working check-in] that told us he thought we were a lost old couple looking for the Farmer's Market! It wasn't until we got to the start where Kevin [Co-Founder of VA Momentum emceeing] really slathered on the fun with fun bantering about our age, and that just let Jeff REALLY get into it!!!!
Great work Jeff and Keena! Let's just say you've set a new bar for Pound the Peak costumes and team uniforms! And Pa, thanks for the Werther's Original.