WHEELING - Even though they may be small in stature, the children sprinting toward the finish line during the Friday Ogden Tiny Tot Trot did their best to win the 100-yard dash.
In the end, the non-competitive race for those 5 years old and younger produced nothing but winners, including Mason Charlton, 4, of Wheeling.
"It was fun," he said. "I ran last year, too."
Photo by Scott McCloskey
Excited children blaze their way toward the finish line along 14th Street in downtown Wheeling Friday during the Ogden Tiny Tot Trot.
Relaxing after the run along 14th Street between Main and Market streets was Avery Bliss, 2, of Wheeling. Mother Amy Bliss said the event is a good way to get children excited about being active.
"She had a blast," Amy Bliss said.
Also recovering after the race was Dylan Marshall Asbury, 3, of Wheeling. Grandmother Debra Asbury McCombs said Dylan was tired from a full day of action.
"He is always running around. He looks pretty tired now," she said.
The Ogden Fun Run - a non-competitive, 1-mile trek down Wheeling Hill for children 12 and younger - followed the tot trot. Wellsburg residents Alan and Cyndi Fleming were on hand to cheer both their granddaughters onto victory. Six-year-old Ella Schupbach competed in the fun run, while 4-year-old sister Anneliese Schupbach completed the tot trot.
"The kids just love this," said Cyndi Fleming.
"There is a carnival-like atmosphere here every year," added Alan Fleming. "Everyone really enjoys it."