So I was new to the kids marathon format until we started this adventure a few months ago. Each registered kid, and there were around 4000, ran 25.2 miles individually between October and today, then completed the last mile of the marathon together this morning.
Emma has been counting the days until racetime, even telling me yesterday how she was going to sprint at the finish to take 1st place. Tess wasn't quite as excited, although her interest level did increase dramatically when I promised ice cream after the race (how anyone can want ice cream when it is 25 degrees is beyond my comprehension...).
They divided the 4000 kids by grade, so Emma started at 11:00 with the 1st graders. She had told me for weeks that she wanted to run by herself, and I had talked myself into being ok with that, but at the last minute she decided she wanted me to run with her. Cool!
That girl ran the entire way, passed tons of peeps, and then finished with a kick that Carl Lewis would be proud of. Final time - 9:09.
I hurried back to the starting line for Tess's 11:15 start. She was a little more nervous, but was fighting the cold and a little nausea like a champ. She ran for the first half mile, then did a 100 yard power-walk, and then finished running! She was so proud to hear her name at the finish line. Final time - 12:27.
The kids collected their medals, and both have already decided that next year they want to "run another marathon!"