Matthew and Michael Duncan, 7 and 5 respectively, took part in Sunday's race because their father Brian Duncan was running in the 10K. Their mother Melissa would watch over them while Brian ran.
Matthew, a first-grader at Scott Teays Elementary, said he liked to run fast. His younger brother Michael agreed that running fast was the best.
"They ran great today," Brian said. "We're very proud of them."
Charlie Baldwin, 7, of Charleston had serious competition Sunday in the form of his little brother Simon, 6. Even baby brother Gavin, 3, joined in the fun and ran along with the boys. Their mother Sue was participating in the 10K race.
"I wanted to run today because I'm a runner and it's good exercise," said Charlie, a first-grader at Holz Elementary.
Charlie thought he did well in Sunday's race. Simon's opinion of his own performance wasn't so positive.
"I was awful," he said.
"I thought you did well," his father, Chuck, told him.
The boy started off the race with a sprint but quickly tired himself out, Chuck explained. He told his son to pace himself for the next race and that he would do better.
W.K. Munsey, co-race coordinator, said this was the first year organizers have included children in the series of races. Sunday's event was the last leg of the Winter Run Series. The Tallman Track Club and the city had a 5K run and 3K walk in December, and an 8K run and 4K walk in January. Sunday's event was a 10K run and 5K walk. An estimated 200 people participated.
He said the group also plans to host a children's running event before this year's Charleston Distance Run, billed as the last 15-mile race in the country. The children's event is set for 6:25 p.m. Sept. 2.
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