This past weekend was ActionFest here in Summerland. It’s a big weekend for many, whether you’re an active person or not. As long time readers know, I help organize a “marathon” at the elementary school my kids attend/attended. (The boys are in middle school and it’s Emily’s LAST YEAR in elementary school. See also: I am an old lady.)
Last Friday was the fifth! annual! GHES marathon! The other elementary school in town did their first marathon this year and bussed up to join us for our final race day. 600 kids, a sea of red shirts, and smiles everywhere you looked.
The final laps happened in three stages: The Kindys and first graders, grade two and three kids, and then the grade four and fives. Kids line the track and the finish chute and it’s just SO MUCH FUN.
You get a high five! You get a high five! You get a high five!
After everyone is done, the principal takes me up on the roof and I take a shot of the entire group.
(That’s only the kids from our school as the other school had to catch their bus back in time for lunch.)
Marathon day is my favorite.
The Saturday of ActionFest involves 5.4k and 10K runs, as well as a triathlon. I raced the 10K for the past five years, the last two of them with Nathan, but I opted to do the 5.4K this year. I’m still running three days a week, and run 10K often, but get so anxious about racing and trying to beat my personal best. Matthew wanted to run the 10k, so I signed the kids and I up for the 5.4K
It was 35 degrees Celsius/95 degrees Fahrenheit. The funny part is that we paid to be in these runs. Matthew, aka He Who Does Not Run, ran the 10K in 54 minutes. I run all of the time and my fastest 10K time is 57 minutes. That is so not fair.
The triathlon part of ActionFest can be done on your own, or as a part of a team. The kids’ cousin Daniel wanted to be a part of a team and do the biking part. Nathan was already planning on racing the 5.4 K, and Emily was persuaded to do the swimming portion as she was in Orca this year, so Team Dykstra was created. We told the kids to just have fun, as it was about being a part of a team and not about winning.
Emily was very nervous before she swam — fear of the unknown and all that jazz. Once she was in the water she was a machine and gave it her all. Family and friends were there cheering her on with each pass and when it was all over, she was beaming from ear. She says that she can’t wait to do it again next year.
Added bonus: Team Dykstra won silver in their age group.
It was a fantastic weekend, as it always is. Everyone you see is smiling and cheering each other on and being outside and active and it really is the best community to live in.
(Sunday morning saw me waking up exhausted and with my right eye swollen shut from a bug bite, which was the opposite of fantastic, but a little meltdown now and then is good for the soul.)