Phone Home 5K – Linda’s Run

20150710_163256Join us on our first E.T. themed virtual race: PHONE HOME 5K! We are running in honor of Linda Hodges (read her story below) and part of the proceeds from this race will be donated to help Linda and her family make her HOME wheel-chair accessible, while another portion will be donated to the American Diabetes Associates (ADA). 

What: Complete a 5K! Set a goal for what your finishing time will be and dedicate your run/walk to Linda.

When: Complete your race any time between August 1 and November 30, 2015. 

*Medals will be shipped out within 5 to 7 days of ordering. 

Where:  You choose the course and you time yourself (you’ll report your finishing time to us).

Why:  Because we want to celebrate the Extra Terrestial and run in honor of our friend, Linda and the American Diabetes Association (ADA). 

Linda’s story: 

Shoot for Mars. Even if you miss, You’ll land among the Stars

Linda and her cinder block baby, George

Linda and her cinder block baby, George

This is not the original quote but I changed it to fit my year. I’m excited that this race is in my honor as E.T. was the first movie I ever saw in a theater!

 I’m Linda Hodges from Arkansas, a mid 40 something: wife of Jason, mother of 4, Mamaw of 5, Registered Nurse, a horrible Diabetic and a Moon Jogger! (oh and my cousin is Carolyn Guhman who introduced me to y’all) I proudly went on the maiden voyage to the moon and have been in LOVE with Moon Joggers ever since. I adore your stories, I celebrate your joys, I pray for your burdens- basically I live thru your eyes as my health keeps me from running.

I ran as a kid, tried out for track in Junior High and made the team (but I was too cool to race back then or so I thought). I had just regained my love for jogging on a treadmill when I dropped 60 lbs in a matter of 8 weeks. It was that symptom that lead to the diagnosis of diabetes. I’m actually considered a Type 2 diabetic with Type 1 tendencies. In layman terms: my body at times does not produce the insulin it needs and even when it does my body has a ton of problems absorbing it. I lost at the genetics BINGO, my grandparents, my parents, my only brother, and several aunts and uncles ALL diabetics.

Due to diabetes I’ve suffered 2 Strokes (2011 &2013), have multiple heart issues now, but the worse is I’m losing my ability to walk because I can’t feel my feet and lower legs. I do walk. My tag line is “I wiggle when I walk.” I ambulate with a cane or walker, however there are more and more days that I must use an electric wheel chair. I continue to get miles; it may take me all week to get one mile or good days I may get 3. My husband and I are quite crafty; I can walk pretty well with a jogging stroller with a cinder block baby, its name is George. I may have diabetes but I refuse to let it steal my joy. This is my story…my personal walk in life.


**If you are a paid MEET ME ON MARS participant you should have received an email with a discount code to use on all of our virtual races this year to save 25% on each race. If you have not received that code email us at  If  you have not signed up for MEET ME ON MARS (one of the paid registration options) do so now and you’ll be able to save 25% on our virtual races! Sign up HERE. (Use code SAVE10 to save $10) 

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