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O’Connell Family to Run Marathon and Not Even Know It

Our 5K PhotoWhat? you say. How can this be? Its tradition in the O’Connell Family (Sean’s Mom’s side) to run a 5K the morning before a family wedding. In February, at Kelly and Adam’s wedding, we ran our 8th Wedding Day 5K. At 3.1 miles/ 5K, we are at 24.8 miles. We have only 1.42 miles to go before the big 26.2 miles of a marathon. It will have only taken us about a decade, but who’s counting? Still, impressive if you ask me.

It a tradition I have come to love. It takes on a totally different animal when its your wedding and your stressed out day already (picture is of our 5K). However, it does have so many benefits. It gets you going, its a fun way to start the day, its a challenge and is an incentive for everyone to get into a little better shape. Oh, not to mention the awesome T-shirt, designed by the bride and groom, that tells everyone “I ran the Wedding Day 5K”.

How do I ensure never to get involved in this crazy tradition? Well, don’t accept to be apart of the wedding party and don’t you, or your immediate family marry into the O’Connell Family. However, for those that didn’t run ours… don’t know what you are missing.


February 17, 2008 Posted by | Family | 1 Comment

Speaking Out – Soldier to Soldier

I was asked to speak at a veteran’s group in January. It was my honor to do so. This is a special meeting once a year call the “Last Man’s Club”. Its a annual meeting for those surviving soldiers of the Korean, Vietnam and World Wars. This is a long standing tradition among many soldiers, and I was more than happy to speak with them about my experiences in Iraq, about the common soldier experience and how the face of war has changed over the years.

There were two articles posted in the Stillwater papers:

1. Announcing my invitation to speak

2. Afterwards (check out the attractive picture)

February 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment