Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Olympic Day Fun Run 17 July 2011

It all started with En's wish to stay at Acacia/Tembusu family unit at Ruby's Resort. We usually took the cheapest room when we were there.
I told her " How can we afford to stay at this more expensive room?"

Then, one day at Mc Donald, she saw the "Mc D Olympic Day Fun Run" brochure and read about it. And she said " I want to take part and win the cash money. Then I can use it to stay at Acacia room at Ruby's Resort ". With this goal in mind, she was determined to go.

We parked our car near Bank Rakyat and walked to Dataran Merdeka at 645am.

En and dad looked  for their waiting compartment.
Dad went into the first enclosure as his group of men/women started at the earliest time of 730am and run for 7km.

En waited for her group of aged 7 to 12,  to be called into the waiting enclosure.
Her group started at 8am and run for 3km.

Hui with her watchful eyes on En who was in the enclosure.
 I think En is brave, being alone for her first run. I wouldn't have done that when I was 7.

En and her group waited for their turn.

After 30 minutes of waiting, she was tired.

Such a huge crowd of children.
While they were waiting, the first man runner returned from his 7km run which started at 730am!! He won RM500.

When the fences were removed, the children raced towards the starting line in front of them.

The children at the starting line.
At this point,  I couldn't see En anymore and was bit worry for her safety.

After hearing the starter pistol, the children ran so fast. I couldn't see En at all.
At this point of time, dad returned from his 7km run, in 40 minutes time.

What Hui did while we waited.

I was at the finish line at 835am, waiting for En's return.
I began to worry when I didn't see her and the annoucer said that most participants were heading back already. I turned away and saw her waiting after the finish line !!

She didn't win any cash prizes and was dissapointed. So I asked her "Was the run easy?" She replied, "Difficult"

I found that this time around, she bounced back pretty fast as compare to her dissapointment at Kidz Ride. In less than a minute, she said " Let's try again next year" What I did was just keeping quiet and listened to her. Perhaps, she has learnt to deal with it at the Kidz Ride.

At 915am, many exhausted runners were walking back instead.

For En's first run, I thought she ran pretty fast, about 30 minutes for a 3km distance. She said "I walk a short time as I am tired. I have to keep running as I want to win." And she added  "Let's bring a bigger wheel to the Kidz Ride next year".

Will I rent the Acacia/Tembusu room for her ? No, I will not.
I think she is proactive in chasing her goal and I am so proud of her.


Kelvin said...

Great to see En accept the challenge and come back fast!

Games/tournament is always something we can let our child learn how to deal and come out from failure and how to be success too. Also a great way to learn and know her strength and weakness, and prepare and learn how to go after and chasing for her dream!

Ng Shannon said...

Kelvin, Thank you for your comment. I felt great reading it again and again. Yes, she is embarking on her second run pretty soon.