North Salem 1st Grader wins Muscoot Farm’s Run the Farm Kids Race


Photo courtesy of Nina Patton

On the car ride from North Salem to Muscoot Farm’s “Run the Farm” kids race early Sunday morning, Pequenakonck Elementary School 1st grader Parker Patton told his family that he was going to win the race. He’d never run a road race before, but being 6 years-old means you see the world through the lens of possibility.

As it turns out, Parker was right. Out of 131 kids registered for the kids 6 and under 1-kilometer race, Parker crossed the line first, finishing in just 5 minutes and 9 seconds and wearing an ear to ear smile.

Photo by Sarah Gayden

Parker’s mom, Nina, said that their family are frequent visitors at Muscoot. “We love going to Muscoot and Parker just loves running,” she said. Parker and his younger sister Zoe, age 4, both ran, while Nina, dad Stephen and youngest sister, 2 year-old Thea, cheered them on. “We thought it would be a fun family event,” Nina said. Now with one race–and one win–under his belt, Parker said he’d like to continue racing.

“I liked running through the woods he said,” referring to Muscoot’s extensive trail system. He also got a kick out of the high school cross country runners who led the kids out of the starting line. They were dressed in cow costumes.

After collecting his Farm Bucks (awarded to all participants) and chocolate pie (awarded just to the winner), Parker didn’t rest on his laurels. His flag football team had a doubleheader today. He scored four touchdowns.

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