Jacob Taylor, winner of Run to the Well 5K. Photo by Ashley Lovett
I’m proud of my son, Jacob, winning the first-ever Run to the Well 5K March 28 with a time of 18:52.
The run benefitted The Kibo Group and communities in Uganda needing good water sources and community development. At a Kibo Group, God moves us to partner for transformed lives through sustainable community development.
Big thanks to Mary-Margaret Watson and Jordan Smith, race coordinators who registered more than 300 participants in Run to the Well 5K and 1 mile fun run.
Jacob and I after the 2012 Tulsa Run. He had just completed his longest run to date and in an unexpectedly quick pace.
The moment captured in this photo is seconds after Jacob ran his first Tulsa Run, a grueling 15K race that I ran when I was his age. OK, I ran the two mile fun run in about the same time he ran the 15K. I was so proud of Jacob that day to see him appear on the last sprint to the finish line minutes before expected.
I was so startled that pleasantly surprised doesn’t describe it. I was proud enough to run down the sidewalk yelling wildly, “That’s my son! That’s my son!!”
When I got to him, Jacob was ragged and worn but so happy he’d completed his longest race to date. Jacob’s running began in 2011 with a 5K our church held to raise funds for our kids camp. I thought I’d hang with Jacob, who was 12 at that point, but the race started and I couldn’t catch him. He ran with Steve Martin and Jeff McIlroy, and those guys will always have my admiration for the way they’ve encouraged Jacob’s running (and still run with Jacob, even as recently as last night!).
Jacob’s life, however, is not about running. Jacob’s life is about pleasing God, learning to be like his savior and Lord Jesus Christ, and enjoying family and friends. He knows that running is not for himself but to glorify God. He is using his gifts and working hard to develop them.
Happy Birthday, Jacob. I’m very proud of you.
Conference Track Meet was supposed to be today but don’t know with all the storms last night and into morning. Here is an 8th Grade Cross Country Meet where my son, Jacob, is in the middle of the pack. He is the most courageous and disciplined young man I know.