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Running shoes with minds of their own take part in the Autumn Fun Run

11.09.2011

Among the 3000 or so runners who took to the streets of the capital on Saturday afternoon as part of the children’s races of the annual SEB Tallinn Marathon were 100 kids from shelters all over the country.

The Autumn Fun Run was the last event in a summer of sports for the kids, who were supported by the SEB Heategevusfond /Charity Fund/ to take part in a number of popular recreational competitions, also including the May Fun Run and the Narva Energy Race.

The kids all threw themselves into the warm-up routine led by trainers from MyFitness before the race. Since kids of all ages were taking part in the race, their minders sent someone out onto the track to collect them as they completed their distances.

Four-year-old Nadja from Ida-Viru County, for whom the race was the first such event she’d ever taken part in, crossed the finished line with a tear-streaked face – she’d apparently fallen over along the way. But once she did cross the line and received her certificate of participation and sweet prize, she forgot all about her bumps and bruises and was all smiles once again.

For the boys taking part, the fun run turned into a true competition – they all strove to post the best results in their age groups. Ten-year-old Reiko even fell over and grazed his knees while doing so, but dogged determination saw him get up again and push on for the finish line – he knew that the only thing worse than falling down would be not picking himself up again!

In association with Sportland Estonia, the SEB Heategevusfond gave every one of the kids who took part in the Autumn Fun Run a brand new pair of running shoes. Their surprise and delight at trying on the new shoes was great and greeted by a babble of questions and comments: “Can we try them on straight away?” “Can I run the race in them, like, here, today, right now?” “Do I get to keep them?” “Wow, look what colour mine are!” Nine-year-old Regina from Tartu told her friends that her new trainers had a mind of their own – that it was like they ran themselves, without her having to move a muscle: “Look how fast they make me run!” she said, and took off in demonstration.

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