My adoption running story---
My wife and I adopted siblings seven years ago (today). My son was thirteen at the time and my daughter was nine. When we arrived home from Ethiopia I decided to go on a run since it had been two weeks since my last run. My son wanted to come with me but I was a little hesitant because no grown man wants to be beaten by his son in anything:) I reluctantly decided that he could come with me. In the first mile I think we stopped two times for him to catch his breath. We were jogging at 7:30-8:00 pace. After our two mile run I told my wife that the Ethiopian running gene missed my son. Fast forward three years-- He comes home from high school soccer practice and told me the team ran a timed mile (1600). Like every father I asked him what his time was and he said, "4:55". My reply was "bullshit we are going to the track tomorrow." At the track the next day he ran a 5:10 mile. I told my wife that apparently the running gene has not missed our son (it has missed our daughter). At the end of the soccer season I signed him up for his first road 5k. Not thinking that he had any chance of winning, I did not go over the course map with him. My race instructions were to pace himself because it was a long race. Within a minute of the gun going off he is in the lead with a gap on the 200+ competitors. From about 25m back I was yelling slow down, slow down you are running too fast. At about the half-way mark in the race the runners turn around and head back the other side of the road. As I was running toward mark I noticed some of the runners already heading back down. I did not see my son so I figured he got to the mark and clasped (lesson learned). When I get to the mark, in the distance I see this person running. I realize it is my son and I yell to him to stop and come back. Not deterred by his mistake, he quickly makes up the distance on me and ended up finishing second in the race. The winner was a very nice men and gave him the first place ribbon. My son went on to have a successful high school runner career and is now running in college.