This was actually my 9 yr. old daughter's first 5k that I ran with her! Fun day! N. Carolina has a great program called "Go Far" that teaches kids healthy habits. They met for 10 weeks and had little lessons about nutrition, exercise, goal setting & self esteem. Then they ended the 10 weeks with a 5k. It was a wonderful, big event with many schools in the district participating, hundreds of people. I ran along with Arielle just to keep her company. I made an effort not to push her, this was HER race. I was SO proud of her! She kept a nice consistent pace and run the entire way except when she walked for just a couple seconds to drink her water at the halfway point. She had a smile on her face and got so excited at the finish. She sprinted and lifted up her arms in showy celebration :) at the finish line. I'm so glad she had a great first race experience. Hopefully she'll want to run another one!