What a great day! Probably not my fastest 5km, but it was still a great day. 2000 people came out to run in the Run for Water today. Last year there were only 500 runners. It has quadrupled in just one year. Amazing! There were 5km, 10km and 1/2 marathon options, we chose the 5km because it has been several years since I've run in a race like this, and this is Todd's very first race.
Todd did great today. What a trooper, and what a coach! At one point I asked him if he'd like a walking break, and he said, "No! We're going for first place... NO BREAKS!" Yikes! I kept running :) That was at about the halfway point, and I heard in the distance that the first runners were crossing the line. Sorry, Todd, your mama held you back today, but one day you'll be able to run with Jeremy and come in first place!!
Before the race...
And we're off... it really is a fun feeling to run with so many people! I wonder what it would be like to be the leader of the pack? I may never know :)
But, Jeremy knows what it's like... Here is Todd with the 5km winner, our friend Jeremy. He finished in 18 minutes, and it is the second year in a row that he came in first place!!! Way to go, Jeremy!! (Funny thing... I used to teach Jeremy when he was in grade 2 :)
We were curious about what shoe sales are like in the weeks leading up to races... there were new shoes everywhere!
There were even new shoes on our feet! These are Todd's indoor shoes, so they have to be cleaned up in the morning and returned to school, but they are also his newest shoes, so I wanted him to wear them in the race.
We're done! Scott looks a little dejected... I think he likes the idea of doing something like this, and the little medal you get when you cross the finish line. But I'm not quite sure how he would like the training for it. But, at bedtime tonight, Scott said he'd really like to do a race with me, so I told him we could start practicing for the Police Run in September. I think we'll still stick with the 5km route. That made him happy again! Elise piped in and said she'd like to do it, too... but, there is just no way I'm taking her on a race yet! I would have to piggyback her the whole way!!
So proud of my boy! He never gave up... and he still has a dream of coming in first in a race. Dream big, Todd! You can do anything you set your mind to!
I think this event was set up just great. Afterward, there were bouncy castles set up for the kids, and lots of tents with vendors giving things away... from pizza, to Starbucks, to water bottles... it was just really well planned.
Here's Scott flying through the air in the Wall-E bouncy castle.
Thanks for stopping by... anyone want to join me in my next 5K?