We were told that the kids would run laps around the track, which is 1/6 of a mile, and that people could pledge money per lap or a flat amount. I asked various family members to contribute, and when asked how many laps I expected Seb to run, I responded that I'd never seen him run more than three or four in a row. Less than a mile, certainly.
On the Friday of the fun run, I learned that it was a timed event, and the kids would have 30 minutes to run or walk as many laps as possible. I started to wonder. Seb is a competitive little boy, and he was determined to beat all of his friends and to (I quote) "send my grandpas to the poorhouse". As it turned out, the kid was amazing - he ran for nearly the entire time, stopping only occasionally to walk at most a quarter of a lap. He lapped some of his classmates multiple times. He ran 16 laps, and was working on number 17 when the whistle blew. 16!!!! Nearly three miles! My poor father, who'd pledged $10 a lap! Seb was beside himself with pride and glee, and we were really impressed too.
Mrs. Huntley leading the warmup.
On your mark, get set...
And, they're off!
Go, Seb, Go!!
Our tired, but proud boy. Did I mention it was raining??