Sunday was the perfect summer weekend day; sunny, warm and dry.
Dry, that is, until you mix water and dirt together and then send wave after wave of children racing on an obstacles course around the Underwood Pool on Sunday, Aug. 24 as the Belmont Recreation Department held its inaugural “Kid’s Mud Run” to give kids a chance to say goodbye to the century-old municipal pool.
Belmont Recreation Department’s Program Supervisor June Howell and her staff spent the morning creating a course that included a downhill water slide, a tour of the Underwood Playground, sack races and two mud-filled children pools at the beginning and end of the “Tour de Underwood.”
At high noon, the children from 4 to 12 where sent along the route circling the pool – after 102 years, the facility will be replaced with a modern $5.2 million two pool complex approved by the spring Town Meeting in April – to the thrill of parents, friends and siblings.
“It was really nice,” said Grace McDonald, the winner of the girls’ 4 to 6 year old group. All winners received a Summer 2015 Family Membership and a trophy.
The winners are:
Girls’ 4-6: Grace MacDonald
Boys’ 4-6: Aaron White
Girls’ 7-8: Candace Burger
Boys’ 7-8: Adam Bower
Girls’ 9-10: Sylvia Davidson
Boys’ 9-10: Colin Fergason
Girls’ 11+ : Oliva Zarzycki
Boys’ 11+ : Sean Palmer
Finally, several Rec Dept. councilors and lifeguards took their lives into their hands in their own special race.