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QUAD for kids

By | March 23, 2010 7:44 am | 0 Comments

All photos courtesy of MARK BOWEN STUDIO

OK…THIS is cool —

The Highmark QUAD games now have a participation level (two, in fact) for the kids — making this a TRUE family fitness event.

If you’re unfamiliar with the QUAD, it’s a four-sport event stretched out over the year.

The adult QUAD: 100-yard swim meet (fourth lengths of the pool) on April 11; 12-mile bike rid on July 10; 5-mile run on Sept. 11; 5-mile ski (or 2-mile snowshoe for “fitness” participatns) on Jan. 9, 2011.

The QUAD Cubs: 25-yard swim (one length of the pool) on April 11; 1/2-mile bike on July 10; 1/2-mile run on Sept. 11; 1/2-mile ski on Jan. 9, 2011.

The QUAD Lions: 50-yard swim (two lengths of the pool) on April 11; 1-mile bike on July 10; 1-mile run on Sept. 11; 1-mile ski on Jan. 9, 2011.

The kid’s levels are non-competitive, but all participants will get Quad Kids t-shirt and a medal for completing the event. And, those who complete all four events will get a Quad Champion Shirt.

Cost is $15 for QUAD kids for all four events or $10 per event.

Kid’s events will be held on the day of the regularly scheduled QUAD events, but later in the day (or swim session) to allow parents to participate.

According to the adult QUAD application, the YMCA will even be providing free baby-sitting during the QUAD events (yay!).

NOTE that parents or guardians who sign kids up to participate in the “Lions” or “Cubs” races must be present at their child’s event and you may be asked to volunteer (guard an intersection, hand out water, etc.), if necessary.

You can download a full QUAD Kids application here.

You can download a full ADULT QUAD application here.

You can learn more about the QUAD here.

Runners, married with children

By | October 22, 2009 11:57 am | 2 Comments

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Kelly at the Hamot Toddler Trot in 2004. She was 3.

My husband and I are forever dragging our kids to the races and other club events. It’s not always easy. It means getting them up early for races and keeping them out late at club meetings. Sometimes it means that only one of us can run the race so the other can wait at the finish line with the kids.

They’ve grown up in the club — they call the ERC gang their “runnin’ family.”

I’ll confess that I sometimes wonder if it’s completely inappropriate. I wonder if others are thinking, “God, don’t they ever leave those kids at home,” or…”Can’t they get a sitter?”

But, the truth is that I don’t want to.

I want them to grow up in the ERC running community.

I want them to be around strong, powerful women with athletic bodies and a competitive spirit.

I want them to be around good sports.

I want them to be around people who volunteer and give back to the sport that gives them so much.

I want them to be around people who try.

I want them to be around people who encourage and help others to reach their goals.

I want them to know that exercise can be fun.

I secretly hope that someday they’ll want to run. And, I hope I won’t be too old to join them.

I guess I’m not alone — check out Kristin Armstrong’s story at www.RunnersWorld.com.