Heading for the race venue at Bonifacio High Street, I was thinking that today’s category will involve a single wave of kids in a single gunstart. Of course I was wrong. By the time I arrived, I already saw several kids atop bicycles some of which were more technically advanced in specs than mine! And all the while I thought it was kids race I am going to cover! However, upon close observation about the start/finish area at 30th St.-9th Ave. junction, barely out of toddler stage tots on their three wheelers and parents were likewise sprewn about warming themselves up or preparing their rides.
At exactly 4:30 PM, the gunstart for the first category (I came to know eventually there were several), blew off. Off went the 10-12 Junior age group children some of whom were looking very buff and cycling savy for their age. I had no doubt this 30 minute bike ride around the 1K route running the block just adjacent the activity area will just be a walk (or a ride in this instance) in the park. There were those younger and less competitive ones whom finishing with legs still pedalling would be good enough. The staff and crew of Alaska Cycle were constantly reminding the kids to hydrate, look at the road, smile and just have fun. Before the race there was even one kid who asked if it was safe, referring to the race. With the Event King race organizers headed by Princess Galura leaving no stones left unturned in terms of safety and participants’ support, I believe it is indeed safe.
Kids with ages ranging from as young as 6 till 9 years old came in next. They were divided into two waves – the first consisting of lone riders and the second of parent and child tandem. They were to cover the 5K distance or 5 loops around the course. The influence of parents involved in the sport was in display here. Mostly dads with a few moms, they came well equipped with their very cool bikes, not to mention expensive! There were also a diversity of the adult bikes as I saw several mtbs, foldies and even those with tractor size tires! Well I am exaggerating a bit but, golly, they were comparatively huge tires. The very spirit of parent-child bonding, I believe, was the very centerpiece of this race category. And take note, it was the adults with the biggest grin and excitement of them all!
As I mentioned earlier, kids barely out of toddler stage were a good number in participation too on board their three-wheeled rides. Talk about starting them young! Grouped into ages of 4-5 who will cover 500 meters and 2-3 doing 100 meters, these kids were a wonder to see in the Trikes Category. Naturally the parents were not far behind not only in participation but in excitement as well. In fact they were all over the place! They were running, taking pictures, clapping, cheering, shouting, and everything else throughout the distance their kids covered. I don’t think the reg. fee covers only the fun of the kid, but of the parents as well. I stood as an observer, I cannot help but admire and be jealous at this show of bonding through a sports activity. Even Kamote Runner and co-blogger Bien got to taste this kind of fun with his niece. Lucky you!
As I posted the pictures I took of this event in my Facebook page, my running friend (and sister of Greeneyes) Janet who has a 2 year old daughter asked about how they can join. Well if I had a kiddo I would definitely want us to experience this kind of fun together. Afterall, a family that do a sport activity together, plays together! Ano daw?
Here are some more pictures I took of the many exciting sights and activities that happed during the day, a very hot day.