I’ll get to my recap of the Dopey Challenge Full Marathon soon, but I didn’t want to move on without writing about something else we took part in during the Disney Marathon Weekend. In addition to the 5k, 10k, 13.1, and 26.2, they also had kids races. And our just turned 5 year old participated.
It was his 3rd time doing the runDisney Kids race. Last year he even won his heat of the 100 meter race! But this year he’s in a new age group. And the distance doubled to 200 meters.
I learned form years past to let the
pushy over-eager parents take their kids in the first couple heats. I planned to do the same this year. The emcees said there would be 4 heats. I decided we’d wait till the last one. But after the first 2, they decided to lump everyone still waiting into just one giant (3rd) heat. This was not a welcome last minute change. Because of this, we were several people back from the starting line. It was a mob scene. And yes, the parents run with the kids, so it was doubly crowded.
So he was pretty boxed in at the start. Bummer. But once he found an opening…he.was.GONE! You can see it unfold in the video I took:
I was boxed in behind him, so the only way to catch him was to cut through the infield. It’s shaky, but I think it’s kind of funny. I caught up to him right as he high-fived Mickey at the finish line!
Oh, and BTW, if he looks sleepy, it’s because he WAS. He was ready for a nap. And he had gotten something in his eye, so he kept rubbing it, which made them kind of puffy. But he’s a trooper.
In the end, he had a good time, and added another medal to his young collection!
And I was happy that he got to be part of this weekend of family running! Hopefully he’ll continue to race as he keeps reaching new age groups!
And get this, for Christmas he was given a Disney gift card. And he decided to use it at the Expo to buy a running Mickey doll (with it’s own medal of course).
What do you think about kids races – ever been to one? Should I add the distance of this race to my 48.6 Dopey total?
Quite the little runner on your hands there dad — watch out!