And here is the loot surrounded by the excited kids as they awaited the 1 mile awards:
Between taking picture #1 and picture #2, I watched all the kids finish the race. The most dramatic moment of the entire day was this neck-and-neck finish between Lily and Austin, who finished within .29 seconds of each other:
I don’t know the full backstory of why these two 7 year olds were so bound and determined to prevail over each other. The finish was right up there with one of Michael Phelps’s oh-so-close finishes in the Beijing Olympics.
What I do know is that no toy in the world will bring out the tenacity I saw in these two young people yesterday. It comes from somewhere else deeper in the soul.