In the car on the way there Carter kept talking about how he was going to run with the best runner, Oma. He said he didn't want to end up by himself and get lonely. We arrived with plenty of time and got the kids outfitted with their fun run bibs and some glow bracelets. When it was time to head to the start corral Carter held my hand and Elise wanted Oma to carry her. As they were counting down for the start Carter asked me if it was okay if he got away from me and mixed up with everyone else. I told him no matter what I would find him. They started the race with the announcer yelling, "Go," which was perfect because Carter gets scared when they use a starting gun. He took off sprinting and I ran along behind him. Elise started running but got scared and wanted Oma to carry her for a bit. Once things thinned out and there weren't so many people around her she wanted down to run and ran the entire rest of the time. Carter took off pretty fast but then about 100 meters into the race he settled into a good pace and did a great job pacing himself. At one point a little girl was running by us alone so I asked her what her name was and Carter started talking to her. After that he wanted to run with her and when she walked, he walked to stay with her. She stopped to walk twice and he decided he didn't want to walk anymore so we left her behind.
|Ready to start the race.|
|Elise wanted mom to carry her for awhile.|
|Carter taking off!|
|Taking off at the start.|
|Running in to the finish.|
I took Carter over to get an ice cream after they gave him a finisher's medal and then we headed over to watch Elise finish. I was shocked Elise was already finishing in around 14:30 and it made more sense when mom told me they had turned around early. Coming onto the parking lot from the gravel path Elise's bracelet fell off so she turned around and went back to pick it up. The announcer loved that and said she must've found a pretty rock because from where he was you couldn't see what she was picking up. When Elise saw me she bee lined it to me so I helped run her to the finish line and Carter was excited to see her so he ran her all the way across the finish line. Everyone was so impressed such a little girl had completed the race and the announcer referred to her as an 18 incher which was funny! She headed right over to get some ice cream too. I think we're going to have to get her signed up for the rest of the race series! The mile fun run was the most enjoyable race warm-up I've ever run and I'm so glad I got to share in this experience with Carter!
|Running Elise in to the finish.|
|Elise's entourage helping her finish.|