My little princess participated in the kids fun run in Eugene... her 2nd official race (the first being the Jingle Bell Run in December of '06). She has been training since January, running a mile here, another there. On Sunday, she ran the final mile of her first 'marathon'.
The participants were supposed to be 5 years old, but I had called and got the 'okay' to register her despite the fact that she is just 4 1/2.
We were given a course map when we picked up our race packets and it was evident that DH would not be able to keep his eye on her the entire time so we were fortunate that 'Bar' was there as well. DH stayed back with the little guy, videotaping as much of her race as he could while keeping the little guy from running off into the hinterlands (he loves to explore and is quick to escape when he gets the chance - all boy!). 'Bar' went with the princess for encouragement, but mostly for our peace 0f mind - her safety being more important than anything.
The majority of the participants were about 7-8 years of age (a guess). 'Jared' of Subway fame started the race shouting, "1, 2, 3, GO!" DD had lined up at the front (a future elite?) and was soon overcome by the bigger kids... but she didn't let that deter her. 'Bar' said that many of the older kids stopped and walked periodically... but my little marathoner in training (not really - we just do it for fun - no pressure) ran the entire one-mile course!
There was a little distraction near the finish line... a table of cupcakes, frosted doughnuts and juice! Many of the little runners, including our princess, thought this was the finish and made a brief stop. Oops! Poor race planning. Sorry... you need to keep going!
Upon finishing, the kids were given a ribbon and then allowed to partake in the treats just like the adults. Funny their snacks were not more healthy. The adults had bananas, oranges, bagels, Grandma's cookies, sport drink, water, and a 26.2' long Subway sandwich. Shouldn't the kids get the same? Hmmm I suppose it all depended upon the sponsors... anyway.
I was very excited for her. She enjoyed the race and was giddy with excitement. I told her I was sorry that I couldn't have been there to see her run. She said, "That's okay. You were running, too. And Daddy taped it for you to watch." What a sweetie. :)
** I'll post pictures as soon as I get them ('Bar' took a few and will be emailing them to me).