The Fox Valley Kid's Marathon, is a top notch race to introduce your child to endurance running and to become marathoners at a very young age.
If you were following last year, V did his first FVKM (Fox Valley Kid's Marathon) last year. At the ripe old age of five, he became a marathoner.
This year, was a much better experience for both of us. Last summer trying to get the runs in during the horrible heat, was really hard. Plus, he had been so used to riding in the stroller, that the miles were long and hard for both of us.
What a difference a year made. With his legs longer, going to Dick Pond's Walk to Run Program, swimming, yoga, zumba, and T-Ball, he was stronger, and the runs were easier. So much easier in fact, he is faster and stronger than I am.
The optional training runs, which are included in the $10 registration fee, were a fun way to get the kids to meet some of the other kids and get in a work out. Denise who was the coach this year was amazing! She spread her time with all of the groups. The volunteers were awesome too.
The actual last 1.2 which takes place the day before the marathon, the kids get to get into the corrals, and run as a group for the last 1.2. They go through the finish and get medals.
Now for a few photos
He wore last year's shirt, which made it so much easier to find him. I also didn't notice the orb until I was posting this picture here.
Running friend Rob picked this up for us. I wanted to be sure we got one. He was picking one up for his daughter and picked one up for V. This is currently on the outside of his door.
You can see him in green.
Afterwards, but the medal is backwards.
He had a great run. He finished his 1.2 in 11:11. He is a speedy kid!
V has already decided he wants to do it again next year.
We loved this race. It did sell out this year. It had a cap of 500 participants.
If you have kids, have they ever done a kid's marathon?