Thursday, 15 March 2018

Moments And Memories {2018 NZHL XRACE Recap}

If there's one thing that life has taught me so far, it's that moments and memories are what makes us truly rich. Call me sentimental and call me soppy, but I'm determined to carry what I learnt from this hugely expensive lesson with me. Always.

Which brings me to this weekend's NZHL XRACE event. What an incredible concept! Especially for live-in-the-moment aficionados like myself. Miss K and I won an entry into the Hutt City event compliments of parkrun and New Zealand Home Loans (NZHL), and we couldn't be more thankful. Especially since we're bang in the middle of our "no big $$$ races" year!

So what exactly is XRACE? It's a cross between a running race and adventure challenge where families enter as parent-child teams of two. The racecourse spans approximately 3 km, with 10 challenges spread throughout this distance. Most of the challenges are "mystery challenges" that are only revealed on the day of the event, but one or two are also revealed beforehand to give parents and children the opportunity to spend some quality time together preparing.  

Since the minimum age to enter the event is six, poor J Bear had to sit this one out. He was, however, our No. 1 supporter - we can't wait for him to join in the action in two years' time!    

Pre-race with our main cheer master. Beautiful Petone Beach!
Miss K and I are birds of a feather when it comes to feeling the need to be properly prepared for everything. Needless to say, we perfected our secret handshake (the challenge that was revealed beforehand) weeks in advance and studied the challenge booklet to the very last word and full stop, ha!

Pre-race. Studying the first clue card like a true mom-nerd.

And before we knew it, we were off! I initially feared that the race distance might be too long for Miss K, but my fears were quickly put to rest. She literally dragged me by the hand the entire time!  

And we're off...! 
Our challenges involved recreating block structures from pictures, memory puzzles, three-legged running/walking, tug of war, some fun hula hoop and mat-challenges where we had to team up with other teams, face painting, blindfolded voice-guiding, creating Kiwiana art, making key rings and, of course, rocking our secret handshake.   

Miss K writing down some car model names for one of the challenges.

Creating Kiwiana art! We painted a beautiful, red Anzac poppy. Note our Number 1 supporter in the foreground!

Man, did we have fun! We laughed, we giggled, and we made some memories for life. And I must say that Missy K astounded me with the way in which she tackled each challenge. In fact, she totally kicked my butt in more than one...! So focused, determined and patient. I'm a proud mama! 

And, before we knew it, it was time to head to the finish line.

Making our way to the finish line, eagerly awaited by our head cheerleader!  

We each got a big ol' medal, and high fives and hugs from our boys. A 2018 highlight, for sure! 


[Photo by NZHL.]

A big thank you to NZHL and parkrun for a morning filled with memorable moments. See you next year!


  1. Love this! Mr 8 and I had a ball doing this too :)

    1. Thanks, Kate! I LOVE this concept - we'll definitely be back!

  2. How fun! I did a 5k race with my daughter in November! I also feared she wouldn't manage the distance as she is only 5. But she shocked me. Just kept going and didn't complain when they had mismeasured the course. We ended up running 5.9 km! I will have to look out for something similar to yours - those extra challenges just add to the fun!

    1. Wow, your little girl is a champ, Sathiso! That's so far!

      I hope you find something similar where you are - it's such a fun thing to do together as a family! x


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