This year marked Aina’s 5th year in participating at Cold Storage Kids Run. And it was also her first time joining the 1.6km distance, twice as long as her previous category. She was excited that she’d be joining the “big girl” category. And most importantly for her was that this year she had a target: to get the GOLD mark.
You see, last year was her first time joining the sprint (competitive) category, and she got the Silver certificate for the 800m Sprint. She was happy and proud to get the silver, but she thought, if she tried harder, she might be able to get the Gold.
Last week, when I told her that the race was nearing and asked her if she was ready for it, she said, she had been practising at school with her school friends who were also joining the race. I had no idea how she practised, but I guess it’s good that she put an effort on this. And I was quite surprised when I woke her up this morning, she immediately got up and got ready… Lately, it’s been really hard to get her out of bed, so I guess this meant that she was excited and looking forward for this race.
Unlike all the previous years, this year Aina raced by herself. Naia was supposed to join the race, but she was down with high fever. Keira didn’t come at all this year. So it was kinda a lonely race…
Since she has moved the older kids category, her starting time was very early. We had to report on the pen at 6:55 in the morning, earlier than her school reporting time! So, when we got there, the sky was still dark. And Aina’s eyes were still barely opened.
Even when we got into the pen, the sun was not fully out yet. Aina met her school friend in the pen, though. So I guess it wasn’t so lonely.
Her pen started immediately after the boys, and everything was right on schedule. We tried to take a picture of her during the start, but since she wore the race tee, we couldn’t even tell her apart from the other participants. I think she should’ve worn her purple shirt, so she would be easier to spot.
But still, Daddy was there, getting ready with his camera 🙂
As for the finish, it was slightly easier to find her. There were not that many kids wearing their school shoes on the race, so all I had to do was finding a runner with white pair of shoes. And this is about 200m from the finish line.
And if you want to see the video of her running with her flailing arms and me screaming for Aina, here it is…
After the race, we didn’t hang out long at the Gardens By The Bay, because we had to be in Aina’s ballet school at noon for hours of rehearsals. We took a slow walk to the station because Aina was tired after doing some sprinting. She got an an apple-shaped medal and a real apple to go 🙂
So, the next day, we checked the website to see the result, and she got this:
Which made her very happy… she got her goal: get the Gold mark! Yay, Aina! Congratulations, girl!
More photos in the Cold Storage Kids Run 2016 photo album.