We're not used to thinking in kilometers, but the race official--who made everyone laugh except Pearl--explained that the kids were to run 3 blocks, make a U turn, and return 3 blocks on the opposite side of the median. If they were confused they were to follow the big gray Tahoe.
A loud honk of a horn signaled the beginning of the race. We decided ahead of time that Marcia would run behind Pearl, and I would take Carrie to the finish line and wait.
Apparently we miscalculated Pearl's speed. Marcia couldn't keep up with her, and Carrie and I almost missed her crossing the red carpets because I didn't expect her back so soon.
Her age bracket was 14 and under, a tough spread for a 4 year old, but everyone got a bright green ribbon, and Pearl won a door prize, a gift certificate to Onion Creek. Needless to say, we're very proud of our girl.