And some of my favorite moments are seeing them at the finish line of any of my races.
I'm totally not in race shape (given that I just had a new baby and all) but thought that it would be fun if they could run a race to start getting them more involved.
Husband found the Disney Kid Races a couple of months ago and signed them up, and I'm so glad he did!
They broke them down in to age categories with the 1-3 year olds running 100 meters, and the 4-6 year olds running 200 meters. All through Disney's California Adventure!!
The race was super fun, but surprisingly a little bit disorganized, especially for a Disney event. When we first arrived, there was a huge line to get in to the park, because they were bag checking every body and it was essentially a single file line.
|waiting to get in to the park|
Once we were inside, they filtered every body to the back of the park, to a holding area. It was divided in to three areas, one for each age group, and it was there that we waited. And waited. And waited.
The race was supposed to start at 8am, but because of the long line out front they had to push back the start time.
And then they had the older kids (whose distance was one mile) run first. So we waited for them. Finally it was our turn to go, but the kids decided that they wanted to run together (which was so fun), so they both ended up running the 200 meters, together. (I love that my kids like to do so much together).
Once the race started, it was done in true Disney fashion. They started the kids in small groups, of maybe 10-15 kids, so that it wasn't a big huge mob of people running down the course. This also allowed each kids name to be called as they crossed the finish line. And they were greeted by Disney characters!!
My 3 year old even got to give Mickey a high five as he crossed the finish!
|the finish line|
After the race they were corralled in to a big area where they were offered Clif bars, water bottles, bananas, bagels, and fruit ropes. As though they had just run a half marathon or something. But they loved it!
Mallory ran way faster than I thought she would, and I even missed her as she came running through the finish line, but I was able to catch Daddy and Donovan, and I was so proud! It was so fun to see how much fun he was having.
We decided that we would sign them up for the same race in September, when I run the half marathon at Disneyland, and make a weekend trip out of it. Happy memories, for sure!!
I am so proud of my kids for doing such a great job, and can't wait to do it again!
|After the race with their Super Cool medals|