a fundraiser for the Congdon Park Elementary School Foundation

Parents’ Guide to the Races

The 5th Annual Congdon Cougar Chase has 4 events!  Here’s a guide to help you figure out which race is best for your child.

The “Kitty K” is our newest event, starting in 2012.  It is a 0.5 kilometer run/walk.  This is about 3 blocks, or a third of a mile.  We suggest this race for most kids in kindergarten and younger.  The course is mostly flat.  Parents are welcome to run along with their kids in this race.

The “1k” is a 1 kilometer run/walk.  This is about 6 city blocks, or a little less than two thirds of a mile.  The course starts out up a moderate hill and continues through the woods on the hiking/ski trail for about 0.5K when it becomes a gradual downhill to the finish.  This event is hillier and more challenging than the 0.5K (Kitty K).  It is recommended for kids in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.  Kids in 4th and 5th grade are welcome to participate.  Some kids in kindergarten will do just fine with this race.  Parents are welcome to run along with their kids in this race.

The “5K” is a 5 kilometer run/walk.  This is 3.1 miles, and the course is hilly (including the start).  In the past, a few kids in 2nd grade have done this event (usually with a parent).  Generally the kids who run the 5K are 3rd grade and older, and have trained for the run (consider the after school running club!).

The “10K” is a 10 kilometer RUN (only).  Walking is strongly discouraged in order to get everyone off the course before the kids’ races begin.  A 10K is the equivalent of 6.2 miles.  The course is hilly and challenging and we don’t recommend kids under age 12 participate in this event.  For those 12 and older who participate, a training program is strongly recommended.

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