Last Saturday I ran the Bubble Run with a few friends and my 5 year old daughter! It was her first 5K and she just loved it. I knew people would be dressed in costumes, especially tutus and I explained this to her and asked if she'd like a fun outfit for the run. Her reply was this, "No way! I'm not wearing a tutu! I'm in it to win it!" Clearly, she has a bit of a competitive streak!!
We picked up our packet on Friday and since kids under 6 run free she didn't get a tshirt or bib. Of course, they sold kid packets for $20 and I had to get her one. I'm so glad I did. The bib really made her feel legit and the goggles they provided worked great to keep the bubbles out of her eyes. Friday night, she could not fall asleep from the excitement, but had no problem getting up early for her 'race'. She was ready for the fun to start.
It was so cute seeing her reaction at the starting line when the bubbles/foam started coming down! The race had a total of 4 different color bubble stations: pink, green, blue, and yellow. We did a bit of running and walking, but I think for a little 5 year old, Elysse did great and never complained about being tired. Every time she saw a bubble station she would start running and we ran all the way to the finish line. I was very proud of my little runner! After the run, they had a little area with a DJ and they were giving away prizes and of course, lots more bubbles! It was hard to get our little party animal out of the bubble pit!
Obviously, this wasn't a timed race or anything too serious for me (believe me, I have enough of those coming up!) This race was just a fun time and a good way to encourage a healthy lifestyle for my kiddos. I want them to grow up feeling strong and healthy and having some positive experiences and fun memories being active! My 9 yr old didn't want to do this one, but he's all signed up for Saturday's Jr. Spartan!
What are some fun things you and your family do to stay active and healthy? I'd love some more ideas, so feel free to share them in the comments below :)