After the 5K was finished up, we headed over to the track to complete the mile run. No times would be kept for this race (thank goodness!), but every participant under the age of 18 would receive a medal of participation. This race is a great way for everyone to be involved as it usually allows runners of all ages and abilities to run without the feeling of intense competition. Since I would be able to push Nolan in the stroller, I signed up for this race and Morgan agreed to run it with me. 'Turns out that she had a change of heart about sticking completely with me before the race, so I agreed that it was definitely okay for her to run her own pace and finish ahead of me.
Here are a couple of pictures from that event as we listen to the instructions and get ready to go.
As you can see, Morgan was ready to go and quickly found her own pace somewhere in the middle of the crowd.
Nolan and I found a slower pace and began to run our four laps. One of Morgan's friends partnered with us and gave Nolan a sticker to add to his "bib number" after each lap that we completed.
Why do we look like we're running fast here? I can tell you that we most certainly were not!!
All smiles because she only has one lap to go...
After Nolan and I finished up our third lap, I let him out of the stroller so that he could finish the last lap running by himself. He had wanted to run from the beginning, but I doubted that he could run the entire mile, so I only let him run the last 400. He ran the entire lap.
As soon as we rounded the final curve, I pointed out where Daddy was standing by the gate so Nolan could run to him when we were finished. He crossed the finish line and said "All done" and then immediately left the track.
Time for a quick photo opportunity after all of the festivities were done.