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I was reminded by my wife that sometimes I get too excited about racing and do too much too soon which usually results in injury. So I found something for my daughter that we could all enjoy.
Wooden Nickel Park Mission Statement: “Our culture has shifted its focus from outdoor to indoor activities. We increasingly understand how this shift has begun to adversely affect our children’s development. That is why Wooden Nickel Parks have been created as places where children can learn to have creative thoughts within a safe and structured setting. These parks create a place where they and their families are connected to nature and where they will grow confident thru this connection and then curious about nature.”
Wooden Nickel Parks connect children and families to nature, the proceeds from the Kid Fun Fest and 1K Fun Run will go to the construction of the first Wooden Nickel Park at Kinder Farm Park.
Pre-Race: Signed up for this online. It cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12. Pretty straight-forward. They have a website but there wasn’t too much on social media.
Race-Day: It was a beautiful Saturday morning and we didn’t have to be there until 10am for a 1030 race start time. The funfest and 1k was being held at Kinder Farm Park which is less than 10 minutes from home. You didn’t have to pay the park entry fee if you told the woman in the booth you were there for the Funfest. Of course I was there at 10:01 in case there was a crowd (there wasn’t). The race location was easy to find and had plenty of parking. There was some initial confusion during registration. I had already registered so I assumed I would show up get my name checked off and be on my way. I was on the list (although my name was spelled wrong so it must have been manually ported over from the electronic world), but I was still asked to fill out registration form. The next guy, who was also on the list, did not. There was some initial confusion but I think they had it worked out pretty quickly. I would suggest having a couple of people work the registration tent for the initial rush of people that wanted to do the 1K in addition to the Funfest.
The Race: I spent some time stretching with Kayleigh and showing her some of my stretches and things I do or don’t do (such as 50 cartwheels). I talked a little about hydration and staying in the shade and some race strategy. —–I bored her to tears—- She finally turned to my wife and said, “Mommy I got this.” She begrudgingly shared a high-five with me.
It was a 1K around the park. Some people ran with their kids, and some kids just went on their own. There were kids from stroller age to about 12 years old participating. It was quite an eclectic group. My daughter reported that the course was “very pretty” and she saw some animals. She wasn’t first and she wasn’t last. She didn’t really care. She just enjoyed herself. I couldn’t have been prouder. Woodside, the organization’s frog mascot, provided high-fives to the finishers. The first 100 kids also received awards (there were less than 100 kids so everyone got an award). They had a raffle for 6 random cash prizes (up to $20).
Post Race: This is the payoff for the kids. You probably wouldn’t come just for the 1K. You would come for the Funfest. They have plenty of things for the kids to do. They had some kid friendly games like Croak-quet, Toss the Frogs, and fishing where everyone won a small prize. They also had lots of arts and crafts: bird house painting, snake/butterfly/turtle plates and face painting. They also had food on hand for an additional price. Still bored? They had live music and hay rides to keep you entertained. My favorite part was the Scales and Tales. We saw a couple of owls, a hawk, a turtle and a snake up close. The park personnel were very knowledgeable about all of the animals and exhibits. In addition to all of this, you are at an awesome park. Kinder Farm Park is a wonderful place to take the entire family for a day out.
Goodies: The awesome award for completing the race.
******Fun race for kids with a nice prize. Usually the kid’s races are a side-show to a larger race. This was a nice kick-off event for the Funfest where the kids took center stage. *********