I originally decided not to add a kids' race because of the added detail and confusion to planning it. I wanted to keep the 5k simple for the first year. However, I start paying close attention to the kids' races when I was at other 5ks so that I could be able to plan one.
What I ended up doing at my 5k is:
- Letting the parents decide if they wanted their kids' chip timed
- Allow the kids and parents who were not timed, to turn around at any point
- All kids received a medal when they finished (regardless of how far they did)
Every kid got to get outside and participate. Every kid got a medal. Every kid had a smile. That's a win in my book.