A Fear We’ve Shared

The young kid running amok at a 5K race. 9-year-old misses turn in 5K race, accidentally wins St. Francis Franny Flyer 10K:

Last weekend, St. Cloud resident Heather Lovell was standing along the St. Francis Franny Flyer 5K route in Sartell.

She was waiting for her 9-year-old son Kade to pass by.

When Lovell didn’t see Kade when she expected to, she thought he might just be having a bad race.

Then a few other kids — whom she knew were slower than Kade — passed by. Still no Kade.

Lovell’s mother then drove the 5K race route. Still no Kade.

Lovell started to worry that he had gotten lost or injured — or worse.

“I had everyone looking for him, even a fireman. I was like, ‘You need to go find my son,'” Lovell said. “I was bawling. This had never happened before.”

Our youngest got to be fast enough that he ran by himself at about that age, and before he really learned to pay attention to cars and other moving things.

So far, so good, though.

He does want to run a 10K sometime soon, and I might join him. But this year, he’s been running in cross country meets, which are shorter distances. And I’ve not gotten the exercise I like to get for, oh, a year (notice no “What’s on Brian’s iPod at the Gym” posts lately?). So no 10K for us this year.

Unless it’s an accident.

(Link via Neatorama, but not John Farrier, who used to come around here.)