“Kids Run The Farm”
The kids race is open to children 12 and under. This is a real race for the kids — and will give them a challenge!
To give you an idea of the distances involved, 1 kilometer is 1,000 meters (approximately 6/10ths of a mile) — which is two and a half times around the track around a standard football field. The 2k for the older kids is twice that distance (5x around the track).
Unlike the track, this course is not flat (see elevation profile below) and is run over dirt farm roads and trails through the woods of Muscoot Farm. At no time does the course go onto pavement so there are no worries about cars at all.
- The REGULAR course is approximately 1.1 miles (2k) and is for kids 7-12 years old.
- The SHORT course is 0.6 miles (1k) and is for kids 6 years old and under.
- Kids course walk through (both 6 & under and 7-12 year old courses) will be held two sundays before Run The Farm. See Leatherman’s Loop Facebook page or Contact Us for details. All are welcome.
Both courses are entirely on the farm and are run over a combination of farm roads, meadow, and single track trail. There is no pavement on the kids (or 5 mile) courses. There will most likely be some mud and/or puddles (depending on the pre-race rainfall) on parts of the course but there are no water crossings.
Parents are welcome to run with younger children and we strongly encourage parents (or an older sibling) to run with those children 5 and under.
If you do run with your child please do not carry your child through the course — especially if they are near the head of the pack. That’s not fair to the other young kids out there running their hearts out! Every finisher gets a medal and we’d prefer the age group winners actually run the course under their own power, not with the help of grown up legs ;-)
The course will be very well marked and there will be course marshalls to direct the racers so they don’t go off track.
There will be age awards to the top finishers for each age (i.e. top 3 year old boy, top 3 year old girl, top 4 year old boy, top 4 year old girl, etc.) and every child who participates will receive a ribbon with a medal.
The kids races will begin at 8:30 AM, 45 minutes before the 5 mile trail race.
In a change from the first three years, starting in 2013 we will hold two separate races for each kids division.
The two age groups will start at 2 different times with the 7-12 year olds starting at 8:30am and the 6 and under group starting after the older kids have finished (15 minutes estimated). This is a change from the prior 3 years when we overlapped the older and younger kids. The finish chute was getting too crowded for comfort and this way each group gets their own race and their siblings can cheer them on.
All 3 races will start from the same spot. The finish lines are all the same as well. The ending of the kids race will be very close to the start of the main event 5 mile trail race so parents can see their kids finish and come over to the 5 mile race start afterwards.
All kids races will be finished before the 5 mile race begins so parents can see their kids race and finish.
SHORT COURSE (3-6 year olds) MAP BELOW
Below is the Kids Run The Farm course map (7-12 year olds) up. It is 0.5 mile longer than the course for the younger kids.
LONGER COURSE (7-12 year olds) MAP BELOW
Click here for link to Kids Run the Farm (older kids LONGER course).