Cool story! A boy, 8, veers off track and ends up running a 10K race, instead of the 5K one he was signed up for. Of course, inhybrttzt
if he’d been in Connecticut, perhaps the police would have arrested his parents for not keeping him safe at home. This story appears on NJ.com, by Lindsay Rittenhouse. – L.
Nicholas Vandenberg was not much of a runner before November’s Trenton Double Cross Half Marathon event.
Most of the 8-year-old’s running came from soccer and a few one-mile fun runs.
Nicholas’s father John Hatch signed himself and his son up for the 5K portion of Double Cross event thinking they could have some father and son exercise time together.
Nicholas, though, soon left his dad in the dust and was gone. After a wrong turn, he accidentally ran the 10K race and won his age group – runners under 14.
And he finished a startling 37th overall out of over 1,000 runners.
Read the rest here! What a great illustration of the point that so often when things go “wrong,” they aren’t terrible. Just memorable. – L.