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Sunday, October 12, 2008

me running at Ft. McHenry, the birthplace of the National Anthem (mile 10)


See it pays to be slow.
Today our family was highlighted in the Baltimore Sun.
You can read the entire article here.
photo by Kimberly H.
Jeff Cutler and his wife, Kristi, jogged in together at 6:16 with their three young daughters in tow.
"We picked up the kids [from a friend] at mile 26.1," said Cutler, 37, of Gaithersburg. Last year, he said, he did the race in 3:40. Yesterday, he hung back deliberately to accompany his wife, who was struggling. "I love her, there's no doubt about that," he said.

Some other highlights of the race

Runners take off at the start of the 2008 Baltimore Marathon. Julius Keter of Kenya, who won the race with a record time of 2:11.56, is on the right wearing a blue Nike shirt.

Emotional finish to the race

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kim Hairston / October 11, 2008)
Kristi Cutler (second from right) of Gaithersburg is emotional after finishing the Baltimore Marathon. Her friend, Kimberly Hall, and daughter Annie Kate Cutler, 9, are there to celebrate.


Ray Scharenbrock

(Baltimore Sun photo by Kim Hairston / October 11, 2008)
Ray Scharenbrock, 75, nears the finish line. He placed last in 6 hours, 59 minutes, 15 seconds.
He has run a marathon in 50 states 9 times over!!!

Chris Brennan
(left), 37, of Princeton, N.J., pushes his two sons, Ryan and Sean, as a pack of runners prepares to pass him early in the Baltimore Marathon.

45 comments:

Natasha said...

WOW!!!! Congrats!
How neat to have it all in writing in the paper.

milhouse said...

Way to go! You really are inspiring. I am so proud of you and accomplishing something so big twice. I love how you share your experiences. Really neat!

Apricot Tree said...

Holy Cow! What a blessing to be featured in the news, and as a family. How perfect :)Kepp making headlines!

Liz said...

That is awesome! So neat that the girls could run the last .1 of the race with you! You did great, girl!

Laura said...

Yesterday I started plotting my training plan to run the SLC marathon in the spring. I, too, am slow. But you are so inspiring to me. Thank You! Your finish has me in tears!

Jennifer (mom of four) said...

Great pictures! Did you feel like you were running with Paparazzi? haha

Our family helped lower the flag at Ft. McHenry a year ago. It was quite impressive!

Congrats on finishing the race. YOu looked great!

Nikki said...

How great to have that picture of you all crossing the line together... so many object lessons can be taught with that picture. What an accomplishment for you- again! Congrats!

lelly said...

what a great treasure - a newspaper article to add to your memories!

The 5 Bickies said...

Wow...you made the paper! What a gorgeous photo of you all crossing the finish together. Well done!

Rachel said...

Hey this is Ryan. I told you that you would help somebody finish that otherwise would not have. Just make sure Jeff tells you thanks!

stacy{s} said...

so inspiring. I have tear in my eyes. way to go all of you as a family.

patsy said...

How wonderful!! congratulations to the whole family :)

what a great day!!

Jill said...

Wow, you guys are published! I love what Jeff said about you.

carlo said...

how cool.

congrats!!!!!

Sharon C. said...

Such a great accomplishment, not only for you but that JC, with his competitive nature, would set that aside to run with you and encourage you on the way. Proud of you all!!!

Lauralee said...

seriously?? that is just way too cool! love that picture of you with your kids running to the finish..
love that!

you look great!

shawna b. said...

YES! YOU DID IT! Nice job, Kristi!

I am crying right now, after having read the article in the Sun. Marathons always bring me to tears. They represent such a range of emotions for me. I love what the man who finished last (but right near the top in my book) said, "every finish line is a gift from God." I couldn't agree more.

Had you not finished when you did, you never would have had that amazing picture of your family crossing the finish line. Frame that! Hang it proudly! I bet you have planted a spark in your girls to want to run races someday, or better yet, to realize that they can do hard things and accomplish whatever they put their minds to. Early last year, their mother wasn't a runner. Now she has done TWO marathons (and I have a hunch, she might be adding a few more ...).

I am so proud of you.

Hannah said...

Woohoo Kristi! How cool to have been published like that! Way to go- I just love that Jeff ran it with you. Can't wait for the full recap!

Shauna said...

Congratulations!!!! This is such an amazing accomplishment.
You make me want to enter a marathon...or at least, return to my running days. I'm thinking about it...

Sunshine said...

I am bawling! You are such an example of goals and accomplishment. What a sweet photo of you guys all together. Thank you once again for sharing such a great thing~! How is YW?

Staci said...

Congratulations! You are truly amazing. What a wonderful husband you have. I love, love, love the picture of you crossing the finish line as a family. It makes me cry happy tears. It's such an inspiration to me to finish life's challenges hand in hand with those you love.

michelle said...

Oh. my. gosh. I cannot imagine anything better than the photo with all of you crossing the finish line together, Kristi! Magical.

andrea said...

Kristi, You have me all choked up. that picture of you and your family crossing the finish line should be your christmas card picture. Priceless.

melanie said...

Oh Kristi, I got all teary seeing that photo of you emotional at the end. In one word, you are AMAZING!! Congrats on finishing the race with your supportive family. So cool to be in the paper.

Tasha said...

Oh Kristi, that just makes my heart so full! What a great family. Look at what you and Jeff are building, your girls have so much to look up to, so much to emulate. Good job! Good run!

Karrie said...

Krisi...way to go...I love the photo of all the family crossing the finish line what a great family day!!!

Charity said...

I love it all...especially the picture of your sweet family. I couldn't help but notice the awesome picture of you and your fantastic calf muscles :) congratulations!

suzy said...

You look so hot in your finish line picture! You look good in pink. That is such an awesome story. I love the photography!! My favorite is the close up of the guy who finished last.

crystal said...

Kristi, you are amazing.

dani said...

Ahhh this is SO GREAT Kristi! Congrats, you're awesome!

Holly said...

Huge congrats Kristi!! I love the fact that you and Jeff ran the race together and your WHOLE sweet family crossed the finish line together.

LJ and DC said...

Congrats congrats! I hope you're going to frame that pic, I think we will! Can't wait to see you guys!

Missy :o) said...

AMAZING! I'm gonna have to go back and read your progress again to get to this point. I don't know how you ran two marathons in one year while never having been a runner before. I was thinking that it would take me years to get ready. I'm so proud of you and glad to have met someone who has inspired me to do this myself. Wow, that is so awesome to have that article about you guys! And Jeff must really LOVE you like crazy to did what he did, too! Congratulations to you both.
~your teary eyed cyberfriend, Missy :o)

wende said...

you are AWESOME! i'm so glad you found all that cute pink running gear to have such a great photo of yourself in the paper.

ok, and guess what, you DO look like a runner! :) congratulations on your awesome victory - and for marrying a sweet man.

Mar5195 said...

You totally inspired me to run my very first marathon!

I ran the Long Beach marathon yesterday and finished at 6 hours and 13 minutes. It was the best day of my life. Thank you so much for inspiring me. I cannot wait until next year!

Price Cream Parlor said...

This photo with your entire family would be a great Christmas card! I am interested to hear if you found the guy that was playing the music last year, if you have any funny stories from hanging in the back like last year. SOOOOO nice that your husband hung with you! THAT is support!
That photo of you running by the water is AWESOME!!!
Congrats! YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS!

Lene said...

Way.To.Go.
I agree with Andrea that the picture of you all crossing the finish line together should be your Christmas card picture.

Amy said...

congrats on your marathon. I have two friends that did the half.

I found your blog when I was trying to find help from blogger. Did you have a connection problem with your blog? People can't get to our blog - livingintheeastvalley.com and I don't know how to fix it. IF you had a similar problem and can help, I'd appreciate it.

Thanks,

Pat, a fellow runner.

Amanda L. said...

That photo of your family crossing the finish line should be hung in your home. It says so much about you and your family.

So inspiring. So wonderful! Love your pink.

Rachel said...

WHat an incredible experience! I LOVE the PINK get up!

Kat said...

Congratulations! You are such a good example. I absolutely loved your quote from Pres. Hinckley that you had below by your picture of your poster. What a great quote. Thanks for being such a great person!

Robin Lunt said...

Congratulations! You rock!!

Liz said...

Congratulations! I love the picture of you and Jeff and the girls. What an accomplishment to have done two marathons.

Michelle @ A Happy Heart said...

Love that you dressed in pink! Congrats and what an awesome thing to be highlighted! Save it for your scrapbook!

Kara Jayne said...

You rock!