Reid likes to run! He does not get this from his father! I have never enjoyed running even though I understand the importance of running for athletes. Running has always been a little boring for me. I was more of the type to get my exercise from a pick up basketball game or a racket ball match, but Reid seems to enjoy it and it keeps him active. He has entered several one mile races and has done quite well winning first place in two of them. We started talking about a 5k this past fall and this weekend was our first opportunity.
This past weekend was Fitzgerald's annual Wild Chicken festival. The festival kicks off with a 5k and a fun run on Saturday morning. We signed Reid up for the 5k and sent him to the starting line with the assurance that we would be proud of him if he just managed to finish the race. He did a little better than that.
With a field of an estimated 200 runners, Reid finished in 7th place for his age division which included 12 and under. Reid is 9 and was running against boys that were 12 and others that had a lot more experience. I was very proud of him for giving it such a great effort! Someone told me that a kid his age is doing really well if he can run a 5k in about 30 minutes. He finished in 30.13, and this included a short walking break as he told me his lungs were hurting.
I look forward to watching him in more races to come. Now that he knows he can complete a 5k, he can work to get faster! Run Reid Run, but you better watch out....I think your sister may be ready to give you a challenge next time!!