Aquarium of the Pacific Kid’s Fun Run

On Saturday, my son ran the Aquarium of the Pacific Kid’s Fun Run in Long Beach. This race was a free race in conjunction with the Long Beach ICB Marathon and Half Marathon.  This was not my son’s first race. His last race was on the 4th of July, where he had some difficulties (tripping over adults and small children, chaos!).

Aquarium of the Pacific Kid's Fun Run
Before we even got to the race, Angry Kid had a soccer game. Yes, an 8am soccer game where he played the entire time.  It was one of those games that took forever. But he knew that he had the race after, and ironically he didn’t whine.  He even got his shoes ready the night before.

He has his running shoes all ready for the @runracing Aquarium of the Pacific Kid's Fun Run tomorrow. #runlb
We got to the race on time, and waited for the 7-year old group to start. While we were watching we saw some super fast kids in the 8 and 9 yr old divisions. I think Angry Kid got the hint that he was there to run.  When it was time to get ready, they placed all the kids in a waiting space. They didn’t allowed adults to run with the kids which made everything 100% better. When the adults run with their kids, they only pay attention to their kid, which causes confusion and chaos. Believe me, we experienced that on the 4th of July.

I was so proud of Angry Kid when I saw him coming around the bend, he was running full force. I loved seeing him run.  I think all of my crazy running lately has motivated him somewhat. This kid has some speed and energy, and I knew that running would be the perfect way to channel all of that.

Aquarium of the Pacific Kid's Fun Run 2012

At the end of the race, he got a shiny medal with a cute penguin on it, plus he got a free ticket to the Aquarium of the Pacific. I had to take a ton of photos to share of course. My husband asked if he ran and finished running the race, I said of course! I quickly texted the husband a picture also.

Aquarium of the Pacific Kid's Fun Run 2012
After the race, Angry Kid was a trooper. He walked back to the Official Race Expo with me so that I could pick up my race bib and other stuff for the Long Beach Half Marathon the next day. He LOVED the race expo. It was hilarious. He tried all of the different types of energy bars and drinks. You should have seen the faces that he made.

I think his favorite part of the expo was making this poster for me. He was going to be home while I was out running but he made me a little “support poster”.  Ironically, I call him the “mean running coach” because he wrote, “Go Faster” twice on the poster. He says the same thing when I’m running and he rides his bike alongside me.

Although he will be sleeping, my son wanted to write me some notes on a sign for tomorrow's race. Notice the "Go Faster" comments...He is a mean race coach! cc: @runracing #RunLB
I think that this race was a great new opportunity for Angry Kid. He even wore his running shoes to school today, because he wanted to run to school. He is signed up for another kid’s race in December, but I might sign him up for a Thanksgiving Turkey Trot also. I’m not quite sure yet.

I will be posting about my race, which was my first half marathon, soon…I need to recover a bit more.

5 comments
Bethany
Bethany

Its inspiring to the kids thanks a lot for sharing this awesome post..

Anne
Anne

That is so awesome! I loved loved loved reading that. Maybe one day my boys can do the same!

Christina Whiskhands
Christina Whiskhands

LOVE this recap! It seems to me like you've got him turned on to a really healthy outlet and one that you can enjoy together too as time goes by. One of my favorite parts of all of our T9k races (Title Nine now has three races in the series!) is the Ragamuffin Run. The kidlettes get bibs based on their age groups and it's not very far, but it's so wonderful to see how excited they are! One little girl had me cracking up; during registration she held her shirt down in a very "ok, I'm ready for my bib now" manner. Mom said ever since her first Ragamuffin last year she has said every year she will be faster. And my heart melts. Way to go, Angry Julie, on Angry Kid ;) And way to go, Angry Kid, on the killer race!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Aww thanks! And I'm a horrible mom. I don't really ask him. The past three races I've told him that he is doing the race. I "inspire" him with earning a medal, etc. I think running is great for kids. I try to get him off the computer which he yearns for so much. HATE!

Julie {Angry Julie}
Julie {Angry Julie}

Ahh thanks for commenting. Yes, I think it finally clicked for him. I love the title, "ragamuffin run" that sounds so cute!