On the Morning of May 15, 2016, we drove to the small town of Morinville, Alberta, north of Edmonton, for the Dragon Dash in support of the Morinville Public School. The event offered both 5K and 10K distances and our whole family signed up for the 5K event.
It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining, they had a race warm up girl and an enthusiastic crowd. There were about 130 runners; 100 for the 5K and 30 for the 10K. This was not a chip timed event, so the field was not competitive, but was full of heart. There were no T-Shirts for the event, but the price was right. Just $30 for adults and only $5 for kids.
The race started at the Public School and had a great out-and-back course through some residential and onto a paved path. There were course marshals at each turn ensuring that no one went off course and a water station at the 2K/3K mark. They even had flushing toilets in a mobile bathroom on site at the starting line. It is funny to be excited about a toilet, but after using outhouse style port potties at most races, this was a very welcome sight.
My wife and my 7 year old ran together and my 5 year old and myself ran together. My 5 year old and I had been training and practicing for the 5K for the past 2 weeks. Our plan was to run, then walk, then piggyback, and repeat. This plan worked really well and we kept a pretty even pace and finished in 44 minutes, only a few minutes behind my wife and other daughter. My legs were sure burning the next day though. Running with a 50 pound child on your back is a hell of a workout for your quads.
At the finish line we were presented some awesome finisher medals which featured the date and a colourful dragon. They had a refreshment table with bananas, chocolate power bars, and bottles of water. They also had draw prizes.
This was a wonderful family event and a great small town experience. We all left with big smiles on our faces. Well done Morinville. We had a blast!