Monthly Archives: November 2013

Evan’s Halloween Fun Run

Today we hosted our first “race” on our property and by all accounts it was a great success. Evan did a large amount of the organizing and as a result rightfully earned the title of Race Director.

Race Director Evan

Race Director Evan

A total of 28 kids (and many parents) ran the 1k cross country course through our woods and fields. By collecting money for entries ($1 per runner) and for raffle tickets, Evan finished the event with a plastic container filled with $119 to be donated to the Ottawa Humane Society. We were thrilled with everyone’s generosity! We were also so happy that so many parents took the time to bring their kids to this event. Between the money collected and the smiling faces of kids enjoying a beautiful day in the great outdoors, the event surpassed our expectations. This could very well become an annual Halloween event!

Since I did not get permission to post kids’ pictures on the blog (though each runner will be getting an email from me soon with their race photo), I have limited the photos below to ones of my kids or distance shots.

Evan collecting entry fees.

Evan collecting entry fees.

Race table.

Race table.

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A Different Kind of Race Weekend

p_raceemblemWhile much of the running world has its eye on the NYC Marathon this weekend, here at our house all talk is about another exciting, albeit small, race day. Some time ago Evan, who is 10, decided he wanted to organize his own race. So tomorrow afternoon he and a group of his friends (and some parents too) will be taking part in a 1k Halloween Fun Run. With a little help from mum and dad he has put together what I hope will be a fun and successful race day. He mapped out a 1k cross country route on our property and has used orange tape and cones to make sure everyone stays on course. He designed a race emblem and two lucky entrants will win race t-shirts. Right now he is at the dollar store choosing a few more prizes for the draw. The event is untimed so instead of timing chips runners will receive a glow stick to wear. Evan put entry fees at $1 and chose the Ottawa Humane Society as the group to receive all money raised. The race will finish with the traditional bananas but as an autumn bonus there will be marshmallows to roast at a campfire and cups of hot chocolate for everyone. It may not be New York, but it should be a good time for all!