After arriving back at the hotel after the 10k and quickly showering, we headed over to Wide World of Sports, where the kids’ races were held. We decided for ease to arrive early and eat an early lunch at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill. During lunch, Preston, my father-in-law, and I all took turns pushing little man around in the stroller, hoping that he’d fall asleep. He never did, which had me worried about him being super fussy during the dash.
Little man’s diaper dash was at 12 noon, and about 15 minutes before it started we headed out towards the track, which is where the races were held. When I ordered his Halloween costume earlier in the fall, I had thought that if the weather had cooperated that he might be able to wear his tiger costume for the dash and get another use out of it. I didn’t expect it to be in the low 80s in November in Orlando though, so even though I had packed the costume I decided instead to dress him in a Mickey t-shirt and shorts. While I know that he would have looked cute in his costume (there were lots of little kids dressed up for the races), I also know that he was much more comfortable in a t-shirt and shorts.
Each baby raced in a heat with three or four other babies. For the dash, gym mats had been laid out on the track, which helped protect the babies’ knees. I loved that there were PhotoPass photographers out on the track to take pictures during the race. It definitely helped in making it feel like a “real” race!
I initially tried to help little man “walk” his race, but after only a couple of steps he dropped to his knees. I thought that he was going to start crawling, but instead he just sat there. Since I was wearing my 10k medal, I decided to take it off and drag it across the mat towards the finish line to see if that might help motivate him. And it was just the motivation that he needed, because he quickly took off and crawled straight to the finish line.
After he crossed the finish line, he received his medal (a rubber medallion). He also had the choice of water or a juice pouch, as well as a kid’s Clif Bar and applesauce pouch. It was a nice touch that he received post race treats just like runners after a race do.
As we made our way from the track area back towards the parking lot, we stopped and tried to have little man’s finisher photo taken. But he was super fussy and just wasn’t having it. Less than five minutes after putting him back in his stroller he was fast asleep. The runDisney race magic had worn him out!
After his race, we spent a couple of hours at Animal Kingdom, the highlight of which was seeing The Lion King show. Later in the afternoon, we park hopped to Epcot, as we had a dinner reservation that evening at Rose and Crown. Before dinner, we treated ourselves to Canadian cheese soup and a pretzel roll, and then at dinner I fueled myself with a delicious steak.
Since my father-in-law and I had gotten up early for the 10k, and Preston and I had the half marathon the next morning, we decided to call it a night shortly after we finished up dinner. We headed back to the hotel, Preston and I laid our race clothes out, and we went to bed full of excitement about the half marathon the next day!
QOTD: At what age did you complete your first race?