We got down to Wash Park in the heart of Denver around 5:30. A late day race — don’t get to do those that often. We met up with Simon and Kelly and their kids. Sydney and Ava had to pose for me near the lake to show off their costumes. Ava was a mermaid (Ariel?) as I recall. She was cold for this picture and kept her coat on. Sydney was sporting her new cat costume after abandoning the pirate mask I had bought for her weeks ago.
They had a 100 meter kids race before the 5k. Sydney lined up and took off. She was at the finish before you know it. Of course, it was a short distance. They gave the kids a sack with goodies and a ribbon. She was excited but she quickly turned that into a frown because “the race was too short”. She wanted to run further. She said it should have been a mile. Ok, then! Need to find her a miler to compete in.
Tada! That’s Sydney and I pre-race. Ready to go! I was sweating in that mask already. I had a bunch of people take my picture. Look, its Jack! And they would come running over. While it was just a store-bought costume, it was cool to get some fanfare. Others had no clue who the character was.
If the mask wasn’t a big enough handicap, how about pushing a double-wide jog stroller with two 40+(?) pound kids in it!
We went through the food lines and got some hot Mac-N-Cheese made fresh on the spot by Noodles and Company and then some pizza from Mici. Nice hot food as the weather turned to cold quickly. Justin and Kelly picked up their awards and then I got Sydney a picture with the race winner. I told her — this guy won the race! She was impressed. But then I later told her that this guy used to own 2 Subways — that was much cooler to her. Its her favorite fast food joint.