Saturday, September 25, 2010

Valley Center 5K Race Report:

1st place in his age group
 Valley Center 5K Run
This weekend is the  Valley Center Fall Festival, and our family always has fun with all the activities.  This year I ran the 5K with my 8 year old.  It was at 7:30am, so it was a bit of a chore getting him up and awake and to the start line on time.     I knew that the race would be small, it usually is, but this year it was especially small because it was held on the same day as the Wichita Race for the Cure, one of the largest and best 5K races in the area.  It usually draws 8 or 9 thousand people.    The race we ran?  Maybe 50.  Tops.   But that was okay, we were just there to have fun and enjoy the day, which we did.
showing our medals

My son ran his first 5K about a month ago and ran it in 33:30.   His time this time?  31:10.   He did awesome.  He got 1st in his age group (I think he was the only one in the 0-10 group),  and I happened to take 2nd in my age group, the first time I've age-group placed.   My son thought it was funny that he got a gold medal and my medal was silver.

We ran together the whole way and had a lot of fun.  I made it a point to thank every volunteer that we encountered.

"I need to put my new heart in."
Just before the race started, my son found a silver heart pendant on the street and stuck it in his pocket.  About 2.25 miles into the race, he says "I think I need to put my new heart in,"  and he gestured by putting the pendant heart into his chest, to give him more energy.   About a half mile later, getting winded, he said "man, that heart didn't last very long."   I told him maybe he should bring a few of those hearts next time.

my son with his "new heart"
After the 5K, we stuck around and did the kids fun run with my wife and other son.  I think the distance was like 3/4 of a mile, but I was amazed that my 8 year old still had gas left, he ran pretty fast the whole way.  My other son and my wife did a great job too.   Afterwards we stuck around for the parade, and are looking forward to riding rides and the fishing derby as part of Fall Festival as well.
my awesome family


Lisa said...

Congrats to the boy!

Indi said...

Congrats to you both!! What a way to start a weekend!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Way to go on placing! So cute about your son "having to put his new heart in".

Julie said...

Woo hoo! You guys are awesome:) Congrats on placing and bringing home some bling! Also, great pictures of the whole family:)

Amy said...

Congratulation!!! Nice run there. Good race report, it is detailed and entertaining. I want to read a race report like this.


Running Diva Mom said...

OMG -- it so awesome! I love that your son loves running with you and competed. Congrats to both of you cool running dudes!

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busyrunningmama said...

Awesome that the whole family got involved and great job on placing in your age groups!!

chris mcpeake said...

awesome report.
love the first pic

TiredMamaRunning said...

Fun! I love family races. That's pretty much 90% of all races in my 'hood....somewhere in the area of 50-100 people in most cases.

Nobel4Lit said...

Cute pic of the boy w/the medal!

scarlet said...

Nice to know that there are family races like this one. Congratulations to the boy! He's cute! :) ~ chaco ~

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

I was one of those 50 to run the race. Wish I would've known about your blog back then.

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