Obstacles

Running is a pretty popular pastime in the US and there are always a whole range of races and events that one can sign up for. One of the things we have noticed is that many of these events are starting to incorporate obstacles – as if a good run wasn’t challenging enough! You can do the Spartan Race or the Tough Mudder, which is designed by British special forces. I was even invited to be part of team that’s going to do the Lozilu Women’s Mud Run in DC in July. I’m sure it would have been a laugh but fortunately we’ll be away at the beach – phew!

And it’s not just adults that can take part in these grueling feats of endurance – kids can too! On Saturday Olive and Edie lined up at the start of the World Explorer obstacle course which was part of an International Festival held in one of our local parks.

First official race number - something of a milestone in our house!
First official race number – something of a milestone in our house!
Listening carefully to the instructions.
Listening carefully to the instructions.

As it was part of an International Festival, all ten obstacles on the course related to a specific country. Each child went through the course alone, they all were timed and medals were given to the top three boys and girls in each age group.

Eyeing up the competition.
Eyeing up the competition.
Bursting out of the starting gate!
Bursting out of the starting gate!
A little bit of hockey at the Canada stop.
A little bit of hockey at the Canada stop.
Delivering apples to the hungry elephant in India.
Delivering apples to the hungry elephant in India.
Tossing a lei in Hawaii.
Tossing a lei in Hawaii.
A spot of show jumping in England.
A spot of show jumping in England.
The course culminated in the Brazilian mud pit. Here's big sis getting ready to cheer little sis on.
The course culminated in the Brazilian mud pit. Here’s big sis getting ready to cheer little sis on.
Doing her best to stay out of the mud!
Doing her best to stay out of the mud!
Off to the finish...
Off to the finish…
and then the best part of the whole course!
and then the best part of the whole course!

Later that afternoon it was Olive’s turn…

It was a very hot day with very little shade yet Olive would not be talked out of her covered up running outfit!
It was a very hot day with very little shade yet Olive would not be talked out of her covered up running outfit!
Heading under the chunnel from France to England.
Heading under the chunnel from France to England.
Tally-ho!
Tally-ho!
Pausing before descending into the pit!
Pausing before descending into the pit!
Future marine in training!
Future marine in training!
A well-deserved cool down.
A well-deserved cool down.

Both girls loved it and I’m sure will be asking to take part again next year 🙂

Richard has been away in San Francisco all this week and arrives back on Saturday morning. Then on Sunday he’s off to a trade show in New York. We are going to tag along with him as it’s only four hours drive and we can make another trip to Broadway. This time we are going to see Annie. Our first choice was Matilda which is supposed to be amazing but it’s all sold out. Still, Annie is not such a bad second choice – we’ll get to see  Jane Lynch aka evil Coach Sue Sylvester from Glee as Miss Hannigan! I will admit to being the most excited member of the household 🙂

Take care everyone – I’ll be back sometime next week with a New York report for y’all.