A local coaching group, Running Lane, puts on a fun event at the UAH campus in Huntsville. This year it was on Saturday, July 2nd starting at 6 p.m. It's only $8 to enter (but no shirt or prizes). They also advertised that they would be giving away over $1000 in door prizes and would have a free BBQ dinner after/during the races (there are different heats based on age, elite runners, etc.). It worked great to sign up our 2 older kids since their heat started first. That way we could watch them run and then eat a free dinner!
As we got ready to go, we grabbed our 2-year-old Ivy's "running shoes" (a little purple pair of Nikes) and told her we were going to a race. She's used to coming and has never asked to run before, but she has begun to know what running is. We have a book, Swing!, that asks, "Have you ever run a relay race?" and each time we read that part, Ivy gets off our laps and runs a little while we cheer for her. Plus, she's come to lots of races. So she knows what "running a race" means. As we headed to the UAH campus, she kept saying, "I wun wace, Momma?" over and over. So Rick and I finally looked at each other, shrugged, and said, "Why not?" When we got there, we paid another $8 and entered her!
For fun, we looked at the Alabama State Age Records that a volunteer had pulled up on his phone. Ivy just turned 2 a week and a half ago. Well, the 1-year-old female record holder was named Ivy too! And her time was 23:38. The 2-year-old record was 14 minutes though! Whoa--no chance Ivy would beat that! Our big kids were bummed since their age group records were so fast. We told them just have fun.
Below is the picture from the 0-19 age group start. Tiny race! I am actually holding Ivy here. Since we didn't want her to get tired out before the race even started, I carried her over to the Start Line.
|Pictures taken by Gregg Gelmis of We Run Huntsville.|
My son and older daughter took off once the race started! Gregg got some good pictures of them as they rounded the first corner.
Ivy was officially in last place just as soon as we started, and she stayed in last place. But you wouldn't know it from the smile on her face as we passed the crowd! She loved being cheered for! Rick and I are running beside her.
Ivy gave up running after .2 mile. She walked, sat, and walked some more. Every so often, she would run a little. I'm glad Gregg got pictures of my big kids finishing since we missed it.
My daughter loves to sprint at the end of races. She was behind several children, but then she passed them all. She has a great ability to dig deep at the end of races.
And here is our little baby as she crosses the Finish Line!
Her time of 22:46 would have gotten her that state age record IF she was still one! That is a good time for such little legs, and we were all so proud of her! Her grandparents came, and you can see her grandma right behind her in the picture below, cheering her on!
We had a great time staying to chat with friends, eating some good food, and then hearing the door prize drawings. Both of our big kids won a $25 gift card (one to Chipotle and one to Fleet Feet). I recommend this race to all families--such a good value and a fun time!