Our family has Friday family night, which usually consists of going out to eat since by Friday neither of us feel like cooking dinner. We have three children ages 9, 6 and 1 years old. On June 4th we spent our family night at the Tiger Classic 5k race in Bristol Pa. This race is special to our family because it is the race my husband and I met at. In 1992 the race was 10K held on Memorial Day. My husband won that race and I finished 2nd in the women’s race. After the race we got talking, found out we lonely lived 2 miles apart and the rest in history. At one time we both held the 10k course records. We have traveled back to the race every year. The girls like eating the goodies after the race and especially enjoy picking prizes from the tables of stuff the race offers.
The race was held on a hot Friday evening. Shelby has run several 5k’s but this was Paige’s first 5k race. Shelby ran the race solo because my husband ran with our 6-year-old daughter Paige. As Shelby approached the finish on the track a male runner sprinted as fast as he could the last 200 meters to beat her. Later he told me she made him push himself to catch her because he “could not let a little girl beat him”. She won the girls 12 and under age group with a time of 29:32 (actually beat the boys in the age group as well). The hot weather didn’t stop Paige from running and talking the entire race without stopping. The runner in front of her said she worked hard to stay ahead of Paige because she couldn’t let a little girl beat her. The female runner told me she “looked back once and saw a small girl running and talking not out of breath while she was feeling exhausted. She worked harder because she was worried the little girl would catch her and pass her”. She was 2nd in the 12 and under age group with a time of 38:31- first place was her big sister. She also beat the boys in the 12 and under age group. I also won my age group but the little ones stole the show. To top off our evening we stopped for ice cream on the way home. Paige took her medal to school the next day to tell her classmates/ teachers what she did. Paige’s self-esteem was higher after her 5K race. She was excited when we told her the time she ran was only two seconds slower than her big sister’s first 5K. But it took her several 5K races to run without stopping. Paige did it on her first try! Now she did something before big sister. Both our daughters think nothing running a race. The incredible thing is they don’t train at all. They sign up for a race, the week before run 2 miles and them race the 5k. Months later the same thing for another race. We want them to enjoy what they are doing after all most sports use running as a punishment. They view it as something they can do that most adults wont do. The Tiger race next year may have another Daugherty entered. Miles is only turning two in September but he runs around trying to keep up with his sisters, so the 1 mile should be no problem for Miles. Look out Girls Cross Country team competitors in 2017 the Daugherty girls are coming.