The Child of a Runner.

Me: How was school?
11 yr old son: Good. We had Cross Country. I trained a guy.
Me: You did what?
11 yr old son: I was Jack’s personal trainer.
Me: Tell me more.
11 yr old son: Well, we had to do laps around the school. He went out way too fast and had to walk. I caught up to him and told him he had to pace himself and told him to run with me. So he did. We ran together. And we finished 2nd. John beat us but not by much.

Day 2
Me: How was school?
11 yr old son: Good. We had cross country again. This time I got a whole bunch of guys to run with me. I told them the key was to pace themselves. I was *this* close to beating my record yesterday but the teacher blew the whistle when I was 5 ft away from the end so we had to stop. I finished second again. John won again.
Me: You should have ditched the guys and sprinted. You could have been first.
11 yr old son: Whaa?? No way man. And leave my friends? That’s cheap.
Me: No, that’s competition.

Apparently the training that my kid did for his 5K race 18 months ago stuck. That’s cool. While I’m slightly disappointed that my progeny doesn’t have a competitive bone in his body right now, I think that in today’s environment where competition -> greed -> shareholder value is ripping apart our economy/the fabric of our society, his desire to help others instead of helping himself is a good thing. The fact that he wants to help others succeed at running? That’s AMAZING.

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Kids and Running Part Deux: Races that include kids

Your little one has decided he wants to tag along on your runs.  You let her join you and watch as she sprints to the end of the street and announces the run is over. Eventually, he expresses an interest in running a race because you are running a race.  Where do you find a race that includes your offspring?  Here:

Walk+Roll Peel (Brampton, Ont.) – 1Km kids course.  Usually held in October.

Oasis ZooRun (Toronto, Ont.) – Cub Run is less than 1 km long.  Lots of fun.  Everyone gets a bib with the number 1 on it plus a tshirt and other assorted goodies in the race kit.  Free admission to the zoo for the day is included.  Usually held in October.

Where’s Franktown (Franktown, Ont.) – Family Run that is approx. 1 km long.  Kids receive a certificate for completing the race. Usually held in May.

Mudrun (Toronto, Ont.) – 1.5 km Kids Mud Run.  Part of me thinks this sounds awesome.  Bet the kids would love it!  Usually held in June.

Taylor Creek Park Fun Run
(Scarborough, Ont.) – 2 km Kids Run.  Usually held in July.

Longboat Toronto Island 10K and 1K Kids Fun Run (Toronto, Ont.) – 1 km Kids Run.  Usually held in September.

Whitby 10 Miler, Santa is Back in Town (Whitby, Ont.) – Each run has a 1 km kids race.  The 10 Miler is held in November; the Santa race is held in December.

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