Friday, November 25, 2011

Zack's First Trail Run

This fall we have had pretty good weather for Wisconsin.  So far we have had one snowstorm, but most was melted by the next day.  We have taken advantage of this nice weather by hiking, kayaking and trail running. 

Zack had his first official trail run.  I believe there was also one practice session beforehand as well.  His excitement for the event had highs and lows.  The one thing that got him up and out that day was the medal he would get for finishing.  The run was the Indian Lake Trail Run, and I was supposed to do the 6K run that day as well.  But I was in the first day of a tough cold, and there was no way I was going to make it around the course.  I was able to switch my entry to Chad, and he was happy to run the race.

It was a little chilly that morning, but the kid's race was up first.  Chad used it as a warm up, running with Zack around the course. 
Chad (in orange jacket) and Zack starting the race
The route was about 1K, and it didn't take them too long to make it around.  Zack did well and had fun, which is the most important thing. 
Zack crossing the finish line

Zack and I hung out in the Jeep waiting for Chad to come back towards the finish of his race. 
Chad (in green shirt) just after the start
Runners on course at the edge of Indian Lake
Chad was ahead of his expected pace and we almost missed him finishing.  We had just enough time to bolt from the Jeep and snap a couple pictures of him finishing. 
Around the parking and headed to the finish

Chad got a medal just like the one Zack received.  Chad was 12th overall and 4th in his age group.  They were both happy with their race.