FROM LEFT: SHEA, NEAL, AND GINA SPEND SOME QUALITY
FAMILY TIME AT THE FATHER’S DAY MILE.
RUTH [MOM] RIEMENSCHNEIDER PHOTO

Happy Father’s Day, Dad!

BY SHEA & GINA RIEMENSCHNEIDER

WARRENTON, VA--A race entitled the Father’s Day Mile was being held on June 18 (yup, Father’s Day) and our dad (Neal Riemenschneider) mentioned it to us and asked if we would join him in running in it. He also said that could be our gift to him. Too bad we had already bought three other things. Thanks for the late notice, Dad. But, since it was only a mile, we both figured we could muddle our way through and try to win Dad the top Father/Daughter team award.

So, Dad registered all four of us for the race but kept moaning about how we were doing this for him for Father’s Day yet he had to pay all the entry fees (Hey, you want another tie Big Guy?). Not being used to this early morning thing for a long time, both of us had a bit of trouble getting up at 6:30 a.m. on race morning.

The race itself was a really fun affair as it was put on by my dad’s good friend Mike Stanislaw and was run on a bike path in downtown Warrenton. My dad kept saying how we would probably win the award for the most family members, but boy, was he surprised when it went to the Washington family who had five members present. My dad, a real sore loser, went up to them and told them they were going down next year as he was going to bring in a whole lot more Riemenschneiders. There was some good-natured bantering between the Washingtons and the Riemenschneiders but those Washingtons had the last laugh by virtue of their winning the most family members award.

The race was pretty cool in that it made a big play for dads and their children and there were a lot of kids competing with their dads. There was Mike and Alyssa Meadows, Peter and Beth Blank, Kathy and Paul Mulvey, Duane and Chris Williamson, Carol and William Owens, Doyle and Tyler Talkington, Shane and Brendon Lewis, and Travis and Georgia Scarby. There sure were a lot of proud papas out there.

All in all, it was a fun event and a great way to celebrate our dad by joining him in something that he totally enjoys. Maybe we’ll do it again next year.