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You've signed up your child to run the Kids Run at your next race and you want it to be fun for the whole family. Here are some ways to prepare so everyone will have a good time.
TRAIN. If your child doesn't run much, make sure you go out a few times in the weeks before the event so they can practice running or walking for up to 5 minutes. Start with a minute of running or walking Then add a minute each you go out.
BRING FOOD TO THE EVENT. Kids Runs usually start late in the morning, after the main event, so have snacks like fresh fruit, bagels, pretzels, and water available while you're waiting. Running on an empty stomach is hard for all of us.
CLOTHING. Make sure your child understands they need to wear sneakers to run in, this is for their safety. Other than that, have some fun with clothes - tutus, sweatbands, costumes, sparkles. Just make sure it's comfortable and is easy to run in.
SCHEDULE. Make sure you know what time the Kids Run starts so you aren't rushing to the start line and you don't miss it. Arrive a few minutes early to warm up and listen to any instructions.
HAVE FUN. Most Kids Runs are not timed or competitive. If your child gets scared or upset during the Kids Run (it happens ALL the time) don't worry - just walk or skip, and cheer on the other runners. Try not to get upset - it'll be better next time.
CELEBRATE. Encourage your child to wear their medal or ribbon all day or bring it to school. Find a special place to display it in their room. Take photos and share them.