Warning: Incredibly cute photos ahead!
A few days before the Suncoast Classic, I discovered that they had Kid Races!
I just couldn’t resist.
The Mini Athlete is 21 months old, so we registered him in the 1-2 year old, 100 yard dash division.
I had no idea what to expect. The Mini Athlete is going through a bit of a clingy phase (that has lasted approximately half of his entire lifetime), so I wondered if he might just hang onto my leg the entire time he was supposed to be running.
But wouldn’t you know? This little guy got SO excited when we were putting his race bib on him. He couldn’t wait to run! He saw that finish line and just wanted to sprint toward it!
In retrospect, I should have just let him run.
Let’s just say this race didn’t handle the Kid Races in the way this momma hoped they would.
For some crazy reason, they made us all line up along the race course, but let the oldest kids run first, from their starting line at 500 yards back to the finish line, while everyone else watched them. Then the next group. Then the next group. Then the next group.
Anyone who has a toddler recognizes the problem with this.
A toddler does NOT understand why they have to wait to run.
Sigh. But no one listened to me.
So by the time the 1-2 year olds finally got to line up, most of them were cranky and out of sorts. They were over it.
But I still had high hopes for the Mini Athlete. He lined up at the starting line with Daddy behind him. And then a mom decided to run up and put her daughter right in front of him.
Please note that this child does not have a race bib – little race bandit!
Well, having that cute little girl in front of him threw the Mini Athlete off. And then when they yelled “GO!” and the whole crowd started screaming…
Combine that with the fact that I didn’t realize it probably would have been a good idea to run holding his hands like the other parents were doing…
Suddenly my child was having a meltdown, and started running the wrong way to find me (outside the finishing chute).
We regrouped and ran as a family toward the finish line. But I’m sorry to say that the Mini Athlete finished last in his age group.
Oh well. He can only go up from here, right?
Oh and the race had also run out of medals when we crossed the finish line, but luckily someone was able to find an extra box so the Mini Athlete got his first finishers medal. I think he was pretty proud of himself.
While one of the Mini Athlete’s favorite activities around our house is running (he loves to have us yell “Ready, Set, GO!” before he runs down the hallway), we might be waiting a little while before his next organized race.
But he sure did look cute in that race bib.
Has your child ever ran in a Kids’ Race? What was your experience like?