Reptile Racers (Video) - Resolution AR 2014

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Reptile Racers were back at it again at the Resolution AR and actually cleared the course! (47 minutes late but still).

Here is a video slideshow they put together and a note from Steve Demoor, one of the the dads who races with his daughter. Also check ouy their personal Photo Gallery from the race.

I love adventure racing! I love the way it challenges me mentally & physically. I've sunk canoes, twisted ankles, been stuck in mud up to my armpits…and I've loved every minute of it. I love that there is nothing predictable about the sport, and that I have the ability to create my own experience in each event I run.

Over the past few years, I've found that I learn something different about myself in each race. To be honest though, I've learned far more lessons of value from racing with my kids than anything I ever learned racing with adults. I’d like to take a moment to share with the Pangea community what an adventure race looks and feels like through the eyes of a child. Things I would normally consider important, like my time, my placement, my speed on the course….they aren't nearly as important to kids as having fun, being silly, and taking a break to lie down in the soft grass and enjoy the warmth of the sun on a chilly day. For Blake Lavender and I, our 9 year old daughters raced with us more than 14 miles through the wilderness on a cold winter day, and they never stopped smiling and singing the entire way.

There’s so much I can learn from them. On my next race, will I take a moment to do cartwheels as I run down the trail? Probably not, but maybe I can take a few extra moments to appreciate some wildflowers, stop to take a few pictures, or even choose to laugh and find the humor in falling out of my canoe.

My kids remind me every day that I don’t need to take life so seriously, and often times winning doesn't mean having your team name at the top of the leader board. Winning can simply be going home knowing that you lived every moment to the fullest. Regardless of where they placed, I watched our kids win this race, and their medals are the amazing collection of memories that will last the rest of their lives. I’m proud of them, and every other family that challenges themselves to tackle an AR together.

Please take a moment to watch this short slideshow and share the joy of an adventure race through the eyes of a child, and if you ever get the chance, invite a kid to race alongside of you. You’ll surely build memories of an adventure that will last a lifetime.

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Comment by David Eaton | January 22, 2014

Awesome job Steve. Kids are great and it's always wonderful when we can share with them something that is important to us and learn more about them and ourselves in the process.

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