My son, D, has been begging me to sign him up for a running race. It's been hard to find one; kids' races (usually held the day before a big race like a marathon) are few and far between. I did find a few recently, but they have been on days where he had soccer, or t-ball, and I don't want him to miss a team-related event if he could help it.
I finally found a race--the Carlsbad Junior, in April. It's the day before the big Carlsbad 5000 (5K), which is an extremely popular race here in San Diego. It happens to be on a day when he has no t-ball, so we are completely free that day. I signed him up for the 1/2 mile run (for kids ages 4-6). He is very excited.
But the best part is that I signed A up too! For kids under age 4, there is a Toddler Trot (50 yards) and a Diaper Dash (25 yards). Miss Thang is going to walk the Toddler Trot! It's the length of half a football field...TOTALLY doable for her. Of course, when I registered her for it, she had only been really walking for 6 weeks! I have laugh....who knew that when this year started that my daughter would not only be walking within a couple of weeks, but a few months later would be "competing" in her first "race"!?!?!?! I am thrilled, and plan on walking every step alongside her.
Both kids will get a goody bag, t-shirt, and finishers' medal. I cannot wait---this should be a great morning for both kids, and perhaps the start of a love of running like their mama!