This race was an absolute blast. We live in a cute small town with a thriving Main Street. The course for this race was one mile straight through our downtown. It was basically flat, so some of the more serious runners achieved excellent times.
We wanted to include our boys in this race, so I wasn’t going for a great time. I just wanted to have fun and create a memorable experience for the boys. We definitely did that.
Brooks, my five-year old, and I ran the entire race hand-in-hand which was so sweet. He is fast for a five-year old! Our time was around 9:30 which isn’t my best mile, but I was pretty impressed considering we held hands the entire race. I was so proud of him. I think running may be his sport. He absolutely loves to run.
We put the little boys (our two-year old and his best friend) in the jogging stroller and the dads took turns pushing them. The kiddos loved it. At the end of the race, my husband took them out so they could cross the finish line like their big brothers. They thought that was the greatest thing ever, of course. They ran across giggling with their chests out like mini-Olympians.
Overall, it was a really fun family event, and we will certainly be doing it again in years to come. Though it didn’t challenge me as a runner, it was more than rewarding. Sometimes a race is less about the finish time and more about the experience.