We have had the opportunity to take our bambini to a few races in their three short years. They have watched Triathlons, Marathons, and a 5K. We have found this both doable and enjoyable. Furthermore, we love introducing them to the idea of being active at a young age. Here are some tips for involving them and making the experience more fun for everyone.
*View the map route beforehand (usually available online) and pick two or three spots for cheering that are well spaced apart. I usually look for spots near a playground if possible or at the very least somewhere we can sit and watch.
*Get to your spot early to allow for some play time. This will get some energy out so they are more willing to wait and watch when the racers are nearing.
*Bring noisy toys or drums to make noise and get excited for the runners. Getting involved in cheering and making noise will keep your child(ren) occupied and excited.
*Make sure to respect normal eating and sleeping schedules to ensure the happiest possible fans.
*Most races have port-a-potties for the runners. I have used these in a pinch if your little one needs a toilet.
*Most courses are at least partially stroller friendly and until our children were about 2 we kept them in the stroller when we were cheering and let them out for playtimes. Infant carriers also work well and keep you more mobile.
*Pack some snacks and back-up ideas for keeping your little one busy (ie. Car toys, songs to sing, books)
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