The temps were in the 80s with some Santa Ana winds, but they did not deter the field of runners participating in the inaugural OC Trail Runners Kids 1 Mile Trail Race held in conjunction with the OCTR picnic today. The oldest participant was 13 y.o. Rio while the youngest must've been Gracie at 2 years old. Race director Jessica Deline gave final instructions before setting the fleet-footed off on the horse trail as
it climbs up, quickly gaining elevation. Out on the course, front-runner Rio was closely trailed by 10 y.o. Jake and 6 y.o. Tim. The runners quickly spread out, some running alone like Reina (11), Tiana (6) and Kayley (11) , while others like Joseph (6) were paced by OCTR members. In 3 y.o. Toby's case, he had none other than Grandpa. Austin and Elise showed great form, dusting me in their tracks.
The eventual top finishers were Rio, Jake, and Tim. Bringing in the love from the back was Team Vara with Gracie, Lorraine, and Pete. All finishers received a medal, and judging from their smiles, I'd say that the First Annual OCTR Kids 1-Mile Trail Race is a success.