This past weekend I ran a local 5k called the Kentlands/Lakelands 5k Run/Walk and Kids Fun Run, which is one of the largest local 5k’s and is also a USATF certified course. Not only did the race provide a rather challenging course through the Kentlands/Lakelands neighborhoods of Montgomery County, MD, but it also featured a very popular Kids Fun Run that we thought our 17 month old son would love. My wife and I were excited to register because it was a weekend when we were finally going to be in the area and more importantly, it was an opportunity where all three of us could participate and highlight Endurance Films at the youngest of levels!
The morning started off with the Kids Fun Run which consisted of a 200m run for the kids ages 4 and under (Ben seeded himself in the back with the other 17-month old kids so he wouldn’t be trampled by the much older and bigger 4 year olds). This was Ben’s first “race” and he really enjoyed running alongside his mom and dad, and of course we were proud to share a sport and culture that we love with our son.
Following the Kids Fun Run was the 5k race. One of the great aspects of this race is their use of different competitions within the race (best husband/wife, father/son, mother/daughter, etc). As such, my wife and I entered to compete in the “Husband/Wife” category, which was our first time being able to compete in anything like this. This was also my wife’s first race back since having our son.
The course took us on winding roads and paths through the Kentlands/Lakelands communities, which are located about 25 minutes north of Washington, DC. Overall the terrain was rolling, but nothing that would put you too far off your PR. I had a good run finishing in 18:43 (5/29 in my age group, 32/1198 overall) and my wife finished in 24:59 (12/86 in her age group, 238/1198 overall). Our combined time of 43:42 gave us the overall win in the Husband/Wife category, and a trophy to commemorate the big win!
All in all, it was a great morning and it is always good to incorporate low-key events like this one into the race schedule, and to have my support crew actually race with me!