Today my big boy ran his first race, and my heart is bursting with happiness when I think about how happy he was and how much he loved it. He participated in the Caboose Run, which is a quarter mile race and one of the events in the Great Train Race just for kids in Fredericksburg, Virginia. He is only 2 1/2, so this was a perfect way to introduce him to running a race of his own. We thought he would enjoy it because he asks to go running pretty much daily, loves all things related to trains, and one of his favorite little friends Stephanie was doing it as well!
We picked up his race packet yesterday at a local running store. He’s done this many times with us before but we made a big deal about it being HIS race bib and HIS race shirt, and he was so excited! Once he got his bib he knew exactly where it was supposed to go on his shirt, and he kept saying he was just like mommy. *cue heart melting*
The race was the next day and started at 11:30 a.m. It was pretty warm outside (high 70s/low 80s) so we dressed him in light clothes, made sure he was hydrated, and covered him in sunscreen before we went out. The Caboose Run was the last event of the day and is for kids that are 5 and under. It was ADORABLE to see all these little ones with race bibs pinned onto their shirts ready to run, especially seeing Kevin and Stephanie together.
Since Stephanie and Kevin are only 2 1/2 and we had no idea what they would actually do when the race started, Laura and I decided to run the race with them. We realized quickly that we probably didn’t need to do this, because they were such naturals and knew exactly what to do- except Kevin needs to work on running in a straight line rather than all over the place 🙂 It was a lot of fun to have that experience running a race side-by-side with my little boy, rather than with him in a stroller or on the sidelines. Seeing how excited and determined he was made me melt, especially because someone gave him a balloon right before he started and he refused to let it go!
He was extra excited to see his daddy and all the other people waiting at the finish line. He even stopped to say hi to the photographer right before he was done.
After the race they received their very own medals, got a cup of Goldfish and animal crackers, some water and a popsicle. They were so proud of their accomplishment!
He also did a little post-race dancing on the stage 🙂 That’s my boy!
I am so thankful for this amazing memory that we made today. I have a feeling there will be many more kids races together in our future! What a special day 🙂