Friday, October 15, 2010

Riley's First Race

Friday afternoon we looked online to see the schedule of events for the annual Floresville Peanut Festival. (Floresville is known as the peanut capital of Texas). As we were looking to see when the parade starts, times of carnival, etc...we saw there was a kids race downtown around the old Courthouse. Knowing our firstborn and how he loves to run...we asked him if he wanted to enter. He gave us an enthusiastic YES and was almost too excited to sleep that night.

Well, Grandpa didn't think it was appropriate that Riley run in his cowboy boots or his Keen water shoes, so he offered to buy the boy his first pair of real runners.

Riley and the big peanut in front of the courthouse.

Riley and his competition.

Off they go...for a 0.6 mile race.

Riley got 2nd place!

He was in the age group 3-5 years old but right at the start line, they added the 6 year olds into his category. I'm not sure why. Riley was ahead of them all until the very last 20 feet when he got tired and slowed down. A six year old (far smaller than him) ran right past him and got 1st place. While mama gave him a-talkin-to about never stopping in a race...he was pleased as punch to get 2nd place. We figure it's probably good for his humility. Being the biggest kid around for your age must be hard.

2 comments:

BrendaLou said...

Go Riley, Go!

Marybeth Taylor said...

Yay Riley!!!! We are so proud of your athletic accomplishment, young man!! May you devote yourself to following Christ with the zeal of a runner, running for the prize. We love you Riley! From the Taylors :)