The American Heart Association 5km Walk
The Dallas Heart Walk event was held on September 8th at Victory Plaza/ the American Airlines Center, in downtown Dallas. This was a 3 mile (5km) non-competitive event.
We woke up at 6:30am to get ready for the walk. It was quite chilly outside – this is not something that I am used to in Dallas, Texas!! We were representing Bryan’s company, Alon USA, so we got to wear the flamingo t-shirts that you see in the above picture.
After walking around the numerous company tents, we met the other Alon employees here for a group photograph. The air was starting to warm up but we were eager to begin the official walk so that we could warm up properly.
Leading the walkers were a marching band and some cheerleaders.
Bryan and Sue
At last, the sunshine began to warm us up. Big smiles!
The Heart Walk started at Victory Plaza and went straight through downtown Dallas, ending in Victory Park. As you can see, we had a great view of the city. There were 50,000 people participating in this walk.
At the half way point, we came across the Alon tent where they were giving away water, silly putty, candy, and miniature flamingo toys.
Justin got some chewing gum candies.
Bryan and Sue have been walking every morning, so they were ready and fit for this event!
They did great!!
The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge is one of the three Santiago Calatrava-designed bridges being built over the Trinity River in Dallas, as part of the Trinity River Project. This bridge cost $93 million to construct, and it is 1,870 feet (570m) in length.
We kept glancing upwards to try and take in the magnitude of this bridge, however this lead to a strange sense of motion-sickness even though we were merely walking.
Walking back towards downtown.
While we walked I kept thinking about the Dallas Marathon which also goes through downtown. Seeing all these people, the buildings, and the view of the city, made me very excited for my first marathon which will be taking place here in December.
All the walkers congregated in Victory Park after they had completed the 5km.
Sue and I made good use of our mini flamingos by attaching them to our sunglasses. I heard a number of people commenting on our t-shirts. They seemed to like Alon’s flamingo-theme.
On the way home we decided to stop and get brunch at Denny’s to reward ourselves from a job well done. Justin and I really enjoyed doing this walk with Bryan and Sue.