The boys ran in a local 2.5K (about 1.5 miles) for elementary school students on the hilly grassy terrain of the new Blacksburg Cross Country Course. That morning had been an invitational High School meet and so the whole race setup was in place. They got to run with bib numbers, go with the starter's gun, run along flags, and come through the big finish arch and chute.
Grant had a soccer game that morning and Spencer had a pretty tough workout at the gym so both were a bit low on energy reserves, but they did a heck of a job! Grant ran just under 13 minutes, finishing 13th out of 40 and Spencer was around 20 minutes.
One thing's for sure, there is this look of a spent runner coming through the finish that is the same whether you are 8 or 80! I was impressed by the intensity of these kids!