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Chip Gaines Gets ‘Teary-Eyed’ When His Kids Write Him Supportive Notes During Marathon Training

by Kat Manos
Kat Manos is an Associate Editor who loves arguing about indie rock, classic literature, and "Star Wars."

Chip and Joanna Gaines, the stars of HGTV’s Fixer Upper, have been pretty busy these days! In addition to keeping up with their hit show and raising their four children, Joanna has another child on the way!

Even though they recently announced that the current Fixer Upper season will be their last, the couple hasn’t completely disconnected from their fans.

Both are quite active on social media and aren’t strangers to giving updates on their kids: Drake, 12; Ella, 11; Duke, 9; and Emmie Kay, 7.

Just last week, Chip announced on Instagram that he’ll be participating in his first ever race — a marathon in Waco, Texas, in fact! He wrote: “It’s time to tie up our laces, hit the trails, ​​& ​start training for the Silo District Marathon—my first ​race​ ever! I have no idea how this is going to shake out​,​ but I do know you can’t run a marathon unless you get started.​”

With his May 6 marathon rapidly approaching, Chip is already training!

On January 29, the father of four (and soon-to-be father of five!) shared an incredibly heartwarming post about his training on Instagram.

That morning, he discovered that while he’s the only one in his family training for the marathon, he won’t have to do it alone.

He snapped a photo of thoughtful snacks and handwritten supportive notes from all his kids, encouraging him through the training process.

Chip wrote in the caption of the image: “My maiden run at the #siloDistrictMarathon has become a family affair. 7.2mile long run in the books! I got teary eyed this am when I saw this. But at mile 5 it was the only thing I could think of..”

Each of his four children wrote him a personal message. They even cut up apples and made a cute face using a banana!

His son Drake wrote, “Go get ‘em on your seven mile run!”

“I love you so much and I hope this run feels amazing!” his daughter Ella wrote. “You got this!”

Emmie Kay, the youngest, doesn’t have the most legible handwriting, but Duke was sure to include: “We love you Dad! I hope you do awesome run today.”

The fact that these little notes of encouragement made Chip tear up and got him through his running session is so sweet! You can certainly tell the Gaineses are a supportive and happy family!

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Photos: Instagram / joannagaines; chipgaines

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