The dynamic fundraising team at my kids' school — lovely Strawberry Point Elementary — produced a footrace to raise money for the PTA. For a first-time event, it was a great success. Over 200 runners chose from a lovely, if slightly hilly, 1 or 4 mile course. Local merchants at Strawberry Village generously supported the event and the winners took home some groovy donated loot.
I happily said yes when asked if I would warm up the runners at the start of the race. This is always a fun job, but with my kids and friends in attendance, I knew it would be more special. I let the boys choose the music for my gig and we arrived in our best spirited race-ware to a sunny morning that couldn't have been any nicer.
The kids in attendance had a blast, as did the adults. But I will say more of the parents were spectating rather than participating with their kids.
Can you run a mile without stopping?
Should all kids be able to run a mile without stopping?
Not everyone is a runner, and kids are just young people. Some body types are ill-suited due to hip or feet issues. . .even at a younger age. At our school, running a mile is still a routine part of P.E. . . . one the students aren't always excited about.
BE ACTIVE with your family, whatever you choose to do.
The exciting START. You can see the fancy balloon arch and the sun shining in everyone's faces. After only 500 yards is was slightly uphill. . .
My son Hartley started struggling to keep up during the last quarter mile of the run. . .going uphill, of course. We'd been running with his brother and two of their class mates (soccer gals!) and had been moving at a pretty good clip. And then this sweet soul started to slow down.
I personal trained my son for the first time that morning; I took his hand and told him I wanted him to keep running because I knew he could do it And, if he ran the whole way he'd be so proud of his accomplishment. Once our route flattened out he said "I got it," and released my hand. Approaching the finish line, I told him sometimes people like to sprint to the finish line and to go for it if he wanted. That's him in the Santa hat charging for the chute, while I'm happily letting him beat me and concentrating on yelling him on. A very proud morning for me.
Here is the triumphant finish of our good friend Mason, who took on the four mile event. His mom and Uncle, pictured, did the course with him. Four miles is a very respectable distance for any 10-year-old.
Post race smiles! When I told Kyle I was super proud of his strong showing, his reply was "Thanks, but Lauren still beat me!" (Lauren is in the red short sleeved t-shirt).
I couldn't suppress my smile. Not just at his comment, and the fact that he was beat by a girl,but regarding the whole experience.
Get outside and move with your family. . .you just might have some fun and get to know one another better in the process.
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