Joanna Gaines Cheered Chip On In His First Marathon
He ran 26.2 miles with his tool belt on!
Earlier this year, Chip Gaines made it a goal of his to run a marathon, and he’s been training for months. Come the day of the race on May 6, you better believe his wife and “Fixer Upper” co-host, Joanna Gaines, was right there by Chip’s side.
These two are obviously in total support of each other, and it couldn’t be more adorable. Whether they’re demolishing and rebuilding houses together or seeing each other through their various other business endeavors — they’re always there for each other.
Chip proved he was Joanna’s biggest fan when he recently celebrated the launch of her cookbook by standing in the crowd outside NBC’s “Today” with a big sign:
So, now — it was Joanna’s turn to show her support. And she made it clear that she was extremely proud of Chip and his kind heart.
You see, Chip not only decided to run in a marathon — but he decided to start his own charity run, the Silo District Marathon, in their hometown of Waco, Texas. All proceeds from the run were said to be donated to the Brave Like Gabe Foundation, to support cancer research.
Leading up to the race, Joanna posted a sweet message to Chip on social media.
“Chip, I couldn’t be prouder of you. I am thankful for your big heart and big vision,” she wrote on Instagram. “Go get ’em this weekend, and you better believe I’ll be the first in line at the finish to give you the biggest hug!”
It all started with a lofty goal that he first considered while writing his book Capital Gaines. Then last October Chip randomly ran into @gigrunewald in Central Park where she shared some of her story. It was then that Chip was inspired to take this goal of running a marathon and turn it into something bigger: raising money and awareness for rare cancer research. This weekend 6,000 runners from all 50 states and 7 countries will participate in our first annual #SiloDistrictMarathon right here in Waco, TX. All profits from this race will go to her foundation @bravelikegabe. ⠀ ⠀ Chip, I couldn't be prouder of you. I am thankful for your big heart and big vision. Go get 'em this weekend, and you better believe I'll be the first in line at the finish to give you the biggest hug! #yourbiggestfan #yougotthis #26.2miles
She also threw in “#yourbiggestfan,” along with “#yougotthis.” How sweet is that!
And once Chip completed the race, Joanna and their kids were right there waiting for him.
Chip was also joined in the race by Gabriele Grunewald, a professional runner who has continued to race since first being diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Grunewald was who first inspired him to start the marathon.
And yes — he ran with his tool belt on. What else would you expect? Someone caught this candid moment between Chip and Grunewald, showcasing his running attire, tool belt and all:
Chip Gaines Completes Silo District Marathon, Raises $250,000 for Cancer Research
He ran with support from his family, the person who inspired him to run, and his tool belt.https://t.co/7T1mTDzljR pic.twitter.com/OIn2CDVkkg
— GoneforaRUN (@GoneforaRUNcom) May 7, 2018
In total, the Silo District Marathon raised $250,000 for cancer research.
What a weekend for team #BraveLikeGabe here at the #silodistrictmarathon! 🎉 Today we cheered for ✨newly minted✨ marathoner @chipgaines and so many other awesome folks — while also raising massive funds for rare cancer research via race proceeds and the incredible generosity of Chip, Jo, and all of @magnolia. ❤️ . Thanks to everyone who joined us and ran in support of @bravelikegabe and our mission. We are incredibly fortunate to have crossed paths with this crew and we can’t wait to come back next year! ❤️ . #silodistrictmarathon #magnolia #waco #bravelikegabe #bravelikechip #congratschip #teamchip #rarecancerresearch #thankyou
Way to go, Chip! Much like Joanna and the rest of the family — we couldn’t be prouder of you!