Kids need to be outside. They need to run, jump, and climb. We spend too much time inside, too much time sitting still, and too much time saying, “Don’t do that. You will get hurt.”
Kids also need to be challenged and have the opportunity to overcome obstacles. They need the chance to feel like they succeeded at something, but it must be something challenging. They must be allowed to fail, try again, and eventually succeed.
With this in mind, we had the second annual Mighty Man Mudder, an obstacle course race for our kids and their friends. Most of the kids were relatives, friends, or from our CC community.
This year we had over 50 kids complete the three quarters of a mile, 23 obstacle course.
Some of the obstacles were easy to make, like climbing up and over a sturdy picnic table or running serpentine through a row of bushes.
Others took a lot of building. This year’s biggest addition was a warped wall. You may have seen the 14 foot warped wall on American Ninja Warrior. Ours had a 7 foot section and a 10 foot section.
The race is named after David’s mighty men. I am always inspired when I see the amazing feats that they completed. We started the event with a quick discussion of David’s mighty men and a devotional thought from 1 Timothy 4:7-10.
During the race, if a child failed an obstacle, they could either keep trying, or complete burpies in order to skip the obstacle. This gave a way that they could complete the race even if an obstacle was too hard for them.
After the race was over, the kids were able to try the obstacles again and swim in my uncle’s pool. Even some of the parents had fun with the obstacles.
I have taken the lead in the crazy endeavor, but my wife and many of my other relatives have been a huge help.
It was great to see kids try an obstacle over and over. When they finally got it, they felt such a sense of victory.
It was such a fun day of hanging out with great people and watching all of our kids have fun.
Here are a few more pictures from our event.
You may not be able to create such an elaborate event (I would not be able to without the use of my relatives” land and help from many people), but find a way to challenge you kids, especially your boys. Get your kids outside and away from TV and video games. Let your kids get muddy.
P.S. Our blog’s name comes from Hebrews 12:1-2 where God likens the Christian life to a race, but sometimes we actually run.