Charlotte and her dad crossing the finish
At the start of yesterdays 5k run/walk, throngs of kids, parents, dogs, strollers and razors converged on a four foot wide sidewalk. Yet, before most even crossed the starting line, a little girl with blond hair wearing a white tee shirt was out in front pushing the pace. "Wait up", I heard Abby saying to her cousin Charlotte. Abby and I ran for a while until we caught up with her cousin. Then, like children, we started skipping! And a tune entered my mind. And we were singing...Lou, Lou, skip to my Lou; Lou, Lou, Skip to my Lou, Skip to my Lou my Darlin!
Things started heating up a bit along the course, so we stopped at an aid station for some cold water and I poured a little over Charlotte's head to keep her cool. The volunteers were great and had stations set up at three different spots along a pretty course in El Dorado Park.
We moved along well through the back stretch. Then, around the half way point, I looked over my shoulder and saw a little guy approaching quickly. Sure enough this little guy no more than 3 and half feet tall danced by us with his grandfather to take the lead. But Charlotte remained undaunted. She continued to run through the hottest section. I grabbed a few cuties at the next aid station and handed her some bite size pieces.
Then, just as things started to get really tough, Charlotte's uncle Al joined us for the final mile and half. Jokes and behavior only a six year old could appreciate ensued. Our pace quickened. Al and his wife April helped organize the event to raise money for a cure for Tuberous Sclerosis, which afflicts their daughters Abby and Amelia. What's amazing is they made over $100,000 for the event! Congrats Al and Apes.
As we rounded the corner to the finish line, Charlotte kicked it into another gear and made a bee line to the finish. What a race! Six years old and get'n it done in 44 minutes. Rock it Char! Thanks to all the volunteers, especially Al and Apes, for putting on a fun and successful event!