Uncle Larry Kokkonen – a remembrance

  Our Uncle Larry was something special. Someone special. He was truly larger than life. I first met him nearly 20 years ago at Jana’s Medical School graduation from Georgetown, and I was… Continue reading

Halfway, Hope & “The Task”

Hello again Friends & Family, Jana and I hope and pray that you are well, and we give thanks for you! Truly, we are all in a similar race together (though my brain… Continue reading

Running Onward… Pat & Jana Health Update #5

Hi Friends and Family — Here’s our latest update. We are now in the midst of treatment phase. I started chemo and radiation a week ago yesterday, and so we are 8 days… Continue reading

Update #4 – Patrick’s health….

January 16, 2017 Hello Family and Friends, Jana and I wanted to give you an update on my health. Forgive us for being silent for a few weeks. We have been having tests… Continue reading

Day #44: Believe… and RUN!

When was the last time you fell down? I’m talking both literally – you stumbled and tripped and plummeted unable to stop your awkward ballet and ended up on your back on the… Continue reading

Day #16: The Ingredients of Greatness – reposted from January 2013

It has been said that the 2 ingredients for a great runner are hubris and humility. According to Wikipedia, hubris means “extreme pride or arrogance; an overestimation of one’s competence or capabilities.” Humility,… Continue reading

Either You Run the Day…

“Either You Run the Day, Or the Day Runs You.”                                              … Continue reading

Running & Seeing – an update for our friends

Merry Christmas, Family & Friends! I hope that your celebration of history’s greatest gift in Jesus Christ has been as wonderful as ours has been. Our family has been blessed abundantly – over… Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

Good morning and Merry Christmas! What a blessing this morning is indeed. For today, we celebrate the greatest gift give in history – God giving the world His one and only son, sending… Continue reading

The FCA Competitor’s Creed

The FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) Competitor’s Creed is my battle cry in this the greatest race of my and my family’s life. Having run for FCA Endurance for the past 3 years,… Continue reading