A note about families and how they've showed up for our Mini Mermaids and Young Tritons.
The older sister who came to the challenge and, inspired by her younger sister, asked if she could join in.
The gaggle of brothers and sisters lining the course, encouraging their sister on every lap.
The grandmother enthusiastically waving her grand daughter's sign.
The little sister proudly sporting the Mini Mermaid shirt her older sister outgrew.
The mum calming the overwhelmed, teary Mini Mermaid.
Last week, one of our coaches shared this from her Park View Tribe Cross Flatts parkrun:
I ran, walked and skipped with a Mini who had missed a couple of sessions but was determined to get her medal and certificate. Her big sister joined us for the last half-lap. Unfortunately, the ever-so-excited Mini did not have trainers on, but some totally impractical patent flats, and her left foot developed a vicious blister about 500m from the end.
We stopped for no more than a second to check the damage. Then suddenly, her sister hoisted her up and gave her a piggy back to about 10m from the finish line.
"I might be tired," she said. "But nowhere near how she feels."
I offered to carry our Mini Mermaid, but no.
"She's my little sister, I can carry her."
Our courageous Mini then insisted on crossing the line on her own very sore feet, but with a massive, proud smile.
To all the mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, brothers and sisters who supported our Mini Mermaids and Young Tritons this year, you are wonderful! Thank you for everything you do. #highfins #ittakesatribe #seeyounextyear