David, left, and his mother Cherese Lee will be among many first time runners at this year's Crazy 8s 8K Run. Photo by Greg Peters.
They say youth is wasted on the young. But when it comes to the Crazy 8s 8K, race youth is far from wasted.
A glance at the results from 2012 show that there were over 200 runners below the age of 15 to finish the race. Two runners were age 6. The numbers were up from the 185 who finished the race in 2011.
One of the youngsters competing in the 2013 race is David Lee. The 12-year old has been running since the fall and it will be his first Crazy 8s entry.
“I first started running cross country this past fall at Ross N. Robinson. I did that because I don’t like running on a track,” said David.
David will not be alone for the 9:58 p.m. start on Saturday, July 13. His mother will also be running her first Crazy 8s.
Cherese Lee also took up running just over a year ago. In that time she has completed different training programs through Fleet Feet and even completed a half-marathon.
“David thought it would be cool to enter a night race and after completing our first night of Crazy 8s training he talked about how much he enjoyed running,” said Cherese.
There was no mention of how the duo registered but running in pairs is a common thing in the Crazy 8s race. There are race classifications and awards for Crazy Parent/Child, Crazy Couples, Crazy Co-workers, Crazy School Mates, and even Crazy 88s (two runners whose age equals 88).
And while the crowds line up and down Fort Henry Drive to cheer on the runners, Cherese and David will have their own cheering squad. Aside from his father, David has two brothers and two sisters to shout encouragement as they run by.
With just under two weeks until the race, both mother and son don’t plan on racing the clock but do have a simple goal.
“We just want to finish. This week was his longest run, almost four miles, so just to finish strong would be great,” added Cherese.
David and Cherese are just one of the many stories to be told about the participants in this year’s Crazy 8s 8K run.
The race is sponsored by Indian Path Medical Center and CrestPoint Health.