Courtesy of our Guest Blogger from Kim Runs…Becoming a Runner
Today was the inaugural race in the =PR= Mighty Mile kids’ series. I picked up Freddy’s bib and shirt yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see that we were the first to register for the race and Freddy had bib #1. I think the shirt is really cute. I like that it is off-white instead of white and the caped super hero shield logo is really cool.
The weather was a little drizzly but the kids were full of enthusiasm. The heats started at 8:00 am for the 12-14 year olds. Freddy’s group, 4-5 year olds, was at 9:00. Kids aged 6 and above ran a full mile, 4-5 year olds ran 4/10 of a mile, and the tot trot was about 100 yards. Freddy was a little unsure about running today, so we took some fun pictures before the race to ease his anxiety!
Freddy decided he was ready to run and I watched him take off without me when his race started. This is the first race that he has run without either Rick or me running with him. My heart was a little bit in my throat as I watched him turn the corner of the large block and disappear from sight. The race course is brilliantly designed so that parents can cut through and catch sight of their kids on the other side of the block. I saw Freddy cruising along and yelled out “Go Freddy!” which was met by a glare and a statement of “Mommy, you were supposed to wait at the finish line.” Oops. So back to the finish line I went, where I snapped an action shot!
The pictures were snapped by the wonderful =PR= photographer who I can always count on to capture the perfect shot of whichever one of us is running. I am truly grateful to this woman who has filled up my facebook page over the last two years with fantastic photos, and I must find out her name!
Afterwards Freddy was really proud and posed to show off his “Mighty Mile” medal. Apparently the medals from the two upcoming races in the series will clip onto this one to make a mega medal! I highly recommend the =PR= races and this kids’ series is a great way to get your kids involved with running.