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Nine-year-old Misses Turn, Accidentally Wins 10K Race

Heather Lovell was starting to panic. She has seen her nine-year-old son Kade start off in the St. Francis Franny Flyer 5K race in Sartell, Minnesota, but he was not among the runners at the finish line. She drove the route, and asked others to help look for Kade. Then she heard he may have been running the 10K route by mistake.

Kade said he realized his mistake when he saw the sign for the 10K turnaround.

"I thought, 'Mom is going to yell at me,'" he said.

So when Kade finally appeared near the end of the route, he was by himself. Lovell thought he was in last place. But she didn't care; he was safe.

Then a race coordinator told Lovell that Kade finished first.

Yes, Kade won the race overall, not just for his age group. He was a minute ahead of the second place finisher. That's how fast you can run when you think your mom is going to yell at you. Read the whole story at the St. Cloud Times.


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