Valley Harvest Kids Run Recap ’17

WHAT A BEA-U-TI-FUL WEEKEND! We had summer like temperatures over Thanksgiving weekend – what more could you ask for!

We started off our weekend by moving a cord of word…yeah…all four of us. Though I’m sure it might have been more productive if it was just 1 or 2 of us big people moving it but the girls wanted to help. PSA – playing the soundtrack of “SING” can make your kids enjoy outdoor chores that much better. And it can provide entertainment when they start randomly dancing and singing.

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After that, the girls and I grabbed a quick lunch and left for the Valley Harvest Kids run while my husband stayed back and finished cleaning up the last bits of wood. It was HOT; like 27c but felt like 34c! They got their race shirts and bibs and we hung out with some friends.

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There were a few age categories before us (under 5 girls/boys A-M, N-Z), then Hilary ran 800m (5-6 yrs) and Lilly ran 1200m (7-9 yrs). Hilary wasn’t too sure she wanted to run it by herself so her and her friend B started the race and I joined them. They both had smiles on their faces and were just LOVING it! They were the happiest runners I’ve seen in a while!

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This would be Lilly’s first time running 1200m; around the track, outside the stadium, around another field and back into the stadium to finish. Again, she had a smile on her face that you couldn’t wash off. She walked a little around the field but said she felt good and just kept going when she was ready.

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Once all the kids in our little group finished we quickly went inside to hide from the heat, get a snack. After sorting out a little meltdown with Hilary, we decided to head home for the day so Mommy could go carb load for her race the next day 😉

It was such a great event. SO MANY KIDS running! Though for parents it might be a crazy and busy time waiting for your child’s race to start in the heat but it’s so worth it. To see your kid run and enjoy it (hopefully) is a pretty awesome thing! Whatever sport or activity my girls participate in, I love watching them. I like to see the joy on their faces, see them making decisions on their own and coming up with their own strategies to navigate through those decisions.

Fun medals!

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It was also so much fun watching other kids run (and some parents too). They ran so fast, so hard, so happy and there were a few tears here and there. I greatly appreciate the time and energy that goes into a running even and even more so when it’s a FREE kids event! Yeah, it was free for all kids! Great job Valley Harvest Marathon!

Anyone’s kids run at the VHM?

Do you enjoy watching your kids (nieces/nephews) at races?

Can you believe the weather we had on {Canadian} Thanksgiving Weekend?

 

Valley Harvest Marathon Kids Run 2016 Recap

It seems each year the weekend of Valley Harvest Marathon (Canadian Thanksgiving weekend) the weather is different. In 2014 it was super wet, last year it was the windiest and this year probably the warmest in a few years. With the bright sun-shining down on over 1000 kids, it was a great day!

We actually started the day off with swimming lessons at 8:30 and were amazed that it went so well. We were expecting Hilary have a meltdown since she dislikes water and didn’t want to do swimming lessons. Lilly swam in the deep end for the first time unassisted and Hilary was in the water the whole time with an instructor! Big win!

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After an early lunch we headed off to Wolfville to pick up our race kits and meet up with friends. Race kit pick up with kids can be a bit hectic but they had some activities for the kids to do which was great. We ran into lots of people we knew which is always fun.

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We waited outside from 1:30 until the 2 pm start time which for our three-almost four year old, was too long of a wait (parenting lesson learned).  At 2 pm the under 5 girls went, which meant it was Hilary’s turn to run one lap around the Acadia track. Last year she did it all by herself so we expected her to do it again by herself. That was not the case.

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After see most of the kids pass around the track, Hilary was nowhere to be seen. I made my way over to the other side of the field to see her walking with a sad face. I tried to cheer her up and her response was “I just want to run with you”. With no hesitation, I grabbed her hand that was reaching out to me and took off in my Birkenstock. She cruised around the track to the finish her lap. She’s actually a fast runner so it was funny trying to keep up with her in birks. Afterwards she was so happy to “have won the race”!

Next up was under 5 boys and then it was supposed to be 5 & 6 year olds girls. I’m not sure if they changed it last minute but as Lilly was waiting with the other 5 & 6 year old girls they announced it was only 5 year olds going. Six year olds had to go back and wait with their parents so Lilly stepped to the side of the track. Lilly was fine but it was a little chaotic for some parents and kids. It was 5 year old girls who then did two laps followed by the 5 year old boys who did two laps, then it was Lilly’s turn with the 6 year olds. We waited in shade near the start to watch all the runners finish.

Finally it was Lilly’s turn and she was so excited. We talked a lot about pacing herself as sometimes she goes too fast and then get’s a stitch in her side. She did a great job running and had a happy face as she passed us on her first lap. The best part was watching her get her medal and run over to me with excitement all over her face. So worth it.

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We played on the field with friends and took in the Run, Jump, Throw, Wheel equipment that a friend was facilitating. We got to practice throwing a pretend javelin on a rope which was really cool.

Though it was a bit chaotic for some parents it was a great day to have kids out running and cheering each other on. There was lots of traffic delays due to highway and road construction that you can’t really do anything about. We had typical wait times getting out of Acadia University where the run was held but that to be expected when you go to an event like that.

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I love having such a great event so close to home to watch not only our girls run but their friends run too. Sometimes we parents feel like we run around with our heads cut off when taking your kids to fun events like this but in the end it’s all worth it. The girls had a blast and that’s what really matters.

Big thanks to Valley Harvest Marathon committee for the Kids Run – 1000’s kids registered – that’s awesome!

Do your kids run in kids events?

Anyone’s kids run in the Valley Harvest Marathon?

Do you plan for traffic delays when going to a race?

Valley Harvest Marathon 10k Recap to come…it was great!

Giving Thanks & Valley Harvest Kids Run Recap

Happy Thanksgiving (in Canada)! We’ve had such a great weekend and I have so much to be thankful for.

  • Time with my little family. Sai, Lilly and Hilary – I love you all to the moon and back.
  • My big family – I couldn’t do a lot of the things I do without them – thank you 🙂
  • My friends – those near and far.
  • My health and my family’s health.
  • Beautiful weather Nova Scotia is having this Thanksgiving weekend.
  • Strangers. Yes…I know. I got a flat tire last week and these young kids made me pull over on the highway and helped me. Thank you to both of them.
  • Completing my half marathon training.
  • Completing my 2nd half marathon (new PB) with my family watching (recap to come).
  • Naps, especially post race AND post thanksgiving dinner.
  • Chocolate. Yes, I am thankful for chocolate.

Valley Harvest Marathon – Kids Run

Lilly ran her 3rd run on Saturday night under the lights at Acadia University. It started to rain about 4 PM and I wondered if the rain would keep people from attending. We ate a quick dinner and left the house about 5:45. I asked my husband if we were crazy for taking Lilly to her run in the rain? He responded with “we’ll, we are teaching her that even if the weather is bad you can still be active/run”. Smart fella, eh!

Once we arrived and got inside I took one photo and thought we should head out on the track to wait for the 6:30 start time as it was 6:15. When we got outside I heard “all the girls under 5 are lined up and ready to go”. Thank goodness the stairs took us right onto the track and the start area; I stripped of Lilly’s rain coat and told her to make her way up to the front as she could and to have fun! She said okay Mom and didn’t even turn back once.

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Within seconds they were off and running. We dashed across the turf field and I snapped a few photo’s there. She was running happy and just loving life! After she finished she was SO excited to cheer on the boys next, it was like the whole experience she was on cloud 9.

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We left shortly after the boys finished and were home by 7:15. My husband and I loved watching her run and see how happy she was. Hilary just took it all in and ran around the soccer turf with some other kids too. It was a great event but I’m disappointed they decided to start the run 15 minutes early without any notice; we just made it to the start line and we were early as the start was supposed to be at 6:30. What can ya do?

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The rest of the night was spent prepping for thanksgiving dinner, prepping for my half marathon and a last-minute blog post. I was rather excited when I went to bed so it took a while to fall asleep.

Half Marathon Race Recap up next!

What are you thankful for?

Do your kids (niece/nephews) participate in kids runs?

Thoughts on taking kids to events in the rain? Yeah or Nay?