posted Oct 14, 2008 in ALUMNI
Saturday morning found sunny, but windy conditions in the McPherson area for the participants of the Kids’ 1k Dog Dash, and the 3k and 5k Fun Runs which followed.
First to take to the varsity Bulldogs’ home cross country course at the McPherson Country Club was a small, but courageous group for the Kids’ 1,000m run. Leading the pack around the rolling terrain was Taylor Robertson, 8 years old, in a time of 5:01.9. Taylor was followed in by Carson Stone, 9 years old, in 5:17.1 and 10-year old McKenzie Becker in 5:52.5
After starting at the meet’s official starting line and coming through the collegiate finish chute at the end of the run, each competitor in the Kids’ run received a commemorative button.
“For its’ first running, the Kids’ race was a big success,” said Anna Ruxlow, McPherson College Director of Development. “The kids really seemed to be excited, and for each of them to have one of the Bulldog cross country runners as a partner who ran the course with them made it extra special.”
“This is definitely something we’ll want to do again in the future.”
Coming out of the finish chute with his button and a medal, Samuel Becker, son of Ken ’92 and Judy ’92 Becker, was heard telling his father, “I win, Dad!”, then seeing his sister McKenzie with her button and medal too, Samuel added, “You win too!”
“Every kid felt they were a winner,” Ken observed later, “and that’s what it’s all about.”
Youth participants and finish time are listed below.