Though they are still young, Ms. Payne believes the message is starting to materialize in her 4-year-old daughter Avery.
Having her daughter take an interest in the world around her teaches some of the most valuable lessons, and although she is young, Ms. Payne said her daughter is catching on quickly.
Ms. Payne, who said she enjoys participating in 5K races and walk/runs, was delighted when the preschooler approached her with the desire to race together.
“I was so happy to see that she showed an interest,” Ms. Payne said. “I think it shows that she’s getting it.”
Ms. Payne said she took time to research the many family-friendly races she could participate in with her daughter.
Through her research, she learned of the Great Amazing Race, an obstacle-course style race that encourages participation from all ages.
Inspired by the reality-show the Amazing Race, participants race through six obstacles over one mile. Teams work to finish in the best time. The race also allows participants to raise money for a good cause.
Ms. Payne said she and her daughter chose to raise money for cystic fibrosis and dedicated their race in memory of Kyla Ayers and in honor of family member Danny Hudson.
Ms. Payne said Avery also played an active role in raising about $245.
“She actually went door-to-door selling candy-filled eggs,” Ms. Payne said.
In the race, held March 9 at Lithia Springs Park, Avery and her mother placed ninth out of the teams racing.
Avery also was recognized as the top fundraiser for her team.
Ms. Payne said that as a top finisher, she and her daughter will head to the national championship in Ohio Aug. 31.
“Avery has been talking about taking a ride on a plane, so we’re excited to have this opportunity,” Ms. Payne said.
Ms. Payne said that having her daughter participate in the Great Amazing Race has helped reinforce the importance of being active.
“That’s what I love about the Great Amazing Race,” Ms. Payne said. “It’s something you can do with your child and it keeps them active. I think the biggest part for me is that we’re teaching them sportsmanship.”
For more information on the Great Amazing Race, visit greatamazingrace.com.
To donate to Avery’s trip to the national championship, call (678) 918-1111.