A couple of us from Cookie Athlete spent the weekend passing out cookies to real cookie athletes at the Top of Utah Marathon. I had a lot of expectations, but I was not ready for the emotional experience of watching 2000 runners cross the finish line to achieve a major goal.
You must know I don't cry over happy stuff, including the birth of my children, weddings, cute puppies, or chick flicks–but I got a tad bit misty at the site of these runners finishing the big race. A few highlights include:
- Runners who grabbed their young children and crossed the finish line hand in hand.
- Those runners who would round the corner and then kick it up a notch, and almost sprint across the line in perfect form.
- One tired runner who heard the cheers and the cowbells instantly perked up, smiled, and raised his arms as he headed to the line.
- Every couple who collapsed into each others' arms in wordless celebration.
I took in all of the hugs and tears and battle stories floating around the park.
And I especially enjoyed watching the runners’ delight at seeing trays piled high with cookies–real cookies.
Over The Top Cookies donated 2000 cookies for the event. I called and asked Rachel, the owner, for a promo deal and she simply and graciously said, she is a runner, she loves the TOU Marathon, and “I’d like to donate the cookies for free.” She also said, “If I knew someone was standing at the finish line with cookies, I’d run faster.”
The cookies were a huge hit. As Rachel says, “A cookie with nothing on top is a naked cookie.” So each cookie was topped with candy bars, nuts, coconut, glaze, or chocolate drizzle. When people would ask if these were some sort of special cookie we’d say, “Yep, they are made with real butter, real sugar, and real ingredients by a real marathon runner.”
If you want to know what 2000 Over the Top Cookies looks like…here is a picture of the cookies boxed and ready to go.
If you want to know what seeing 2000 people accomplish personal goals looks like…it's hard to explain, but here are some pictures.
The air was filled with positive energy. Runners commented that they felt a huge sense of family. The place was stripped of attitude. In fact, even the first few guys finished took time to chit chat over cookies.
We thoroughly enjoyed the day, so much so that Colette was able to convince me to “run” ( I ain’t promising not to walk the whole thing.) the Top of Utah Marathon next year. About 12 years ago I took marathon off my list of things I want to accomplish, but it's officially back on.
So if you're on the fence (or even if you’re no where near the fence) and wondering about competing in a marathon, join us. We are officially setting The Top of Utah Marathon as a goal for September 2013.
Let's hope someone is standing at the finish line with some Over The Top Cookies. I like the orange zest cookies best.
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