I always sign my daughter up for the runDisney Kids Races during the weekends I am running. For participating in the kids races the kids get a t-shirt and a personalized race bib.
My daughter is 3, so she is in the 1-3 age group that runs the 100m dash. They also have a 200m, 300m, and 400m as well as a diaper dash. The race starts near ESPN Zone at Downtown Disney. We wore our matching INKnBURN Minnie dot run skirts.
My daughter was so excited, but than as we got closer to our turn she started to freak out a little. Sometimes she gets shy and she woke up way to early that morning. She was afraid to run. One other time at a Kids Race she did this, so we didn’t run that time and later on when she realized she didn’t get a medal and she was really sad. This time I told her we could walk or I would carry her because I wanted to make sure she wasn’t sad again. A lot of kids freak out at the races because it is loud with all the cheering and there are characters at the finish line. I could understand for a little person that it could be a little intimidating. On the other hand, most kids LOVE it. All the attention is on them.
They corral all the 100m dashers together and put you into the “chute” and than send out the kids and parents about 20 at a time. This way no one gets hurt in the crowds.
If you notice in the picture above, the arrow is pointing at my daughter and I. She is hiding behind me when it is our turn to start running. She was freaked out by the guy in costume “working” the race.
We made it out though and she walked the first part and than got into the spirit and ran the last part. The lesson I want to share with parents though is that even if you have to carry your child that is totally ok. This race is all about the kids. If they don’t want to run, that is ok, but if you carry them they still get a medal and will know what it is like for the next time. As soon as we finished and my daughter got her medal she was so proud and called my husband to tell him all about how she ran so fast and got a medal. haha
Part of the joy of having a 3 year old is that you never know what that day will bring. On any given day my daughter could be the laughing and the first person to cross the finish line and other times so shy she is hiding on my shoulder. The best part about the runDisney Kids Races is that all of that is ok. 🙂
Have your kids ran a runDisney kids race before?