Category Archives: Family

The run – 15 August

W. Mark Koenig:

The bandanna ran its first structured race. With my trainer Nicole, I ran in New York in support of a friend’s son who organized a 1-mile fundraising run in memory of his grandmother.

Originally posted on Steps along the Trail:

It is finished!

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At about 12:15 pm, on August 15, 2015, Nicole Kung and I ran 1.5 miles in solidarity with Mason Ntula and his family and friends. Mason organized Koko’s Color Run to raise funds for pancreatic cancer research in memory of his grandmother, Jo Ann “Koko” Mason who died from pancreatic cancer in 2015.

This is the first time I have done such a run. I have done walks; I did a walk/run of a 5k for Pirates Charities, running about 1k.

It took a great deal of support and encouragement to do the run:

My family – Tricia, Sean, and Eric.

Nicole, of NK Body Philosophy, who I have been working with since January. She designed a training program and ran with me.

Joel Hanisek, who ran with us in Dublin, Ireland.

Leslie Mardenborough, who made a contribution within hours of learning I planned to run.

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Purple flowers – guest collection #16

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Essie Reinke and Eric Koenig
4 July 2015
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Henrico, Virginia

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Purple flowers – guest collection #15

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Essie Reinke and Eric Koenig
4 July 2015
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Henrico, Virginia

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Purple flowers – guest collection #14

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Essie Reinke and Eric Koenig
4 July 2015
Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens
Henrico, Virginia

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Wednesday morning subway ride

Inconsolable,
the child’s sobs
rip through me,
shredding my heart,
each anguished cry
a reminder of
past failings.

4 June 2015
The Shire
Manhattan, New York

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The Meaning of Children: Later

My friend Mihee Kim-Kort is hosting a series on her First Day Walking blog that features stories from people in all walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. Today she honored me by allowing me to share some reflections. Hope I didn’t embarrass anyone. Also, a big shout out to Mihee for calling me “seasoned” as she promoted the post on Twitter.

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The Meaning of Children: Letter to Jonathan

In May, my friend Mihee Kim-Kort is hosting a series on her blog, First Day Walking, that features stories from people in many walks of life and their observations of children and what they make us. All the posts are amazing. Here, my friend Larissa Kwong Abazia, vice-moderator of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) shares part a letter she is writing to her son Jonathan about facing breast cancer. The courage, grace, faith, hope, and love of Jonathan, Dan, and Larissa move and inspire me.

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