Taking on a Tree-Athlon

By on 6-22-2013 in Featured, I Call it Racing

Taking on a Tree-Athlon

Last weekend my three boys did the coolest “race” ever. EVER. It was a tree-athlon and if you don’t know what that is, that’s okay! I registered them and didn’t realize what was involved until the day of, lol. A tree-athlon is actually pretty simple though – you run, you plant a tree (don’t forget to water it!) then you run again. Done!

Plant a Tree

Plant a Tree

Littlest boy did a 1km run total, so a 500m lap, tree, then another 500m lap. I did it with him, as he was not so sure about running alone. He was almost too speedy for me though, darn those river valley hills. And darn all that flat treadmill training I do! The older two boys did a total 2km race (run 1km, tree, run 1km). They all loved the experience, although my poor 11yo was so excited at the start he tried to get out in front and tripped and skinned his knee pretty hard. He was the fastest boy overall – despite the fall. He now knows that you can wait to get in front of the pack, if you are fast there is no need to push at the start line.

Running Fast

Running Fast

Push to the Finish

Push to the Finish

The race was part of the Edmonton¬†Root for Trees Festival which was truly a wonderful event. They had so much going on and great volunteers, despite some not so nice weather and difficulty keeping anything on a table! We baked bannock on a stick, checked out some insect information and ate a yummy post-race lunch courtesy of the La Poutine truck (which was super delicious and something that we will miss when we start our Year of Eating In….that’s a little teaser about our new family project by the way!)

Poutine...with bacon, yummy!

Poutine…with bacon, yummy!

There were actually even more activities that we didn’t get to (partially weather, partially other plans) including making birdhouses, face painting, bouncy houses, and more tree-planting. Plus we got trees to bring home and plant and the boys were especially excited as they each received a finisher’s medal. All in all, the best race of the year (well, the only race of the year so far, but still) and something that we can hopefully make an annual tradition.