We've always offered a kids race following each of our Muddy Watters Trail Races. We're big believers in setting a good example for the kids to follow. Letting them follow in their parents muddy footsteps following one of our events not only gives them some great stories, it gives them some confidence as well as some fun without having to do it sitting down in front of the tv, playing a video game.
Our goal this year is to take it a step further and let the slightly bigger kids do a little more than just experience a good time. We want them to experience the feeling of knowing that they're making a difference in the life of someone. Probably someone close to their own age.
We've partnered with an anti bullying charity called Gloves-on. The charity is based out of Birmingham and it's owned by people that Dori and I know personally. We've both taken a very active interest in the charity as we've both known families that have been affected by the results of having one of their kids bullied. We both think that getting your kids involved, the ones that are old enough to understand what it is, will go a long way towards educating them about the seriousness of bullying. Whether it be them doing it, them seeing it or them being the target of it. That being said, we're going to be setting up a tough, but fun, 1 mile version of our Muddy Watters Trail Race. The kids route will cover some of the same area that the adult course followed. We're using this run, and it's entry fee, as a way to raise money for the cause. All participants will get a tshirt, had or some other "reminder" of what they put their body through, voluntarily (and not unlike their parents).