I talked Miimii into entering
Bloomsday too. She hadn't had a very good time
since she arrived in Washington, and this was the event of the year, so I thought she'd enjoy it. She
agreed to participate but on the morning of the race complained about having
to wake so early.
When I finished I received the covetted Bloomsday T-shirt, which changed every
year. People were so thrilled about that T-shirt (it was
purple). Then I ran against the 59,000 runners
who'd finished behind me and found Miimii in the crowd (it wasn't easy!), expecting
her to be upset.
When I found her she ran away before I could
get her attention. I caught her she said,"I HAVE TO CATCH MICKEY
MOUSE!" There was a lady in the mob who wore a Mickey Mouse shirt, and Miimii's
goal was to keep up with her. She'd walk a little and
then dart off in pursuit of Mickey. Miimii's the one with the pink cut-off
top, and a smiling Horsey behind her. I held my Bloomsday T-shirt in my hand,
and people in the crowd asked me if they could see it. The design of the T-shirt was always big talk because it was kept secret up until the race.
As we approached the finish, I left the
course so the cameras didn't film me finishing twice. As I climbed through the
ropes, 100 meters from the finish, the spectators yelled,"Don't give up now!
Miimii's time of about 1 hour, 50 minutes was good for 25,000th place. She still finished well into the top 50% of competitors.