Archive for November, 2009

Last weekend, Annika and Nikhil ran at the regional Junior Olympics qualifier in San Diego (Escondido).  They both qualified for the team and their team placed 1st and 2nd so they are moving on to the nationals race in Reno in a couple of weeks.

Here are some pictures from the event last Sunday.




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Nikhil and Annika both qualified for the Junior Olympics at the Southern California Association meet last Sunday.


Here is little Annika running with the older Bantam group (ages 9-10).  She held her own and beat out several scoring runners in the older age group.  Her team placed first in the race.

Look at her concentration!


Nikhil also did extremely well and will also move on the the regional qualifier in San Diego this weekend.

If their team makes it past the regionals, we will be going to Reno in December for the nationals.


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This weekend, I took the boys camping at the plush new Outdoor Educational Center.  This is a new $30 million, 160 acre camping facility on Irvine Ranch land.   The weather was nice but a bit chilly in the 40’s and 50’s at night.

Here is Vikram in the morning.


Here is Nikhil with some of the other boys in his scouting troop.


The boys got to participate in a new high ropes course.  Here is Vikram on one of the ropes activities.

First the climb up the telephone pole.


Here he is up about 30 feet tethered by a belay line.


Here is a view of the ropes course from the campsite.



No fear whatsoever!


On the first night we made smores on a open firepit (which was powered by gas).  No logs to light, no mess to clean up and no danger to the environment.  All of the campsites are raised and groomed making it easy to pitch the tents.  The bathrooms are tiled and spotless.

This is the equivalent of the Ritz Carlton for camping!  Thanks to James Irvine for creating this wonderful facility.  We’ll be back soon.


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Dino Dash 5K 2009

Nikhil and Annika ran in the Tustin Dino Dash 5K.  Nikhil crashed through the 20 minute barrier.  This was Annika’s first time at the Dino Dash.  There were about 2000 runners in the race.  You can see Annika in the green shirt in the back of the picture.



Here is Nikhil near the finish on his way to a 19:25 time.


Here is Annika after the run with Mom.   Mom and Dad were down for the weekend to watch the race and visit the grandkids.


Here are Annika, Nikhil and their friend Colby.  Annika got a 24:50 time and a second place medal for her age group.


The full results are posted here (overall 5K) and here (age division awards).

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Halloween Fun

The kids dressed up at school for Halloween before going out for the night.khare-blog-205

They have gone from being princesses, angels and cartoon characters to ghoulish vampires, ghosts and devils!


Here is Annika with her friends.


The best part was the haunted house in Serrano.


Here they are counting and sorting their loot at the end of the night.


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A couple of weekends ago, Nikhil and Annika ran at the Mt. Sac races.  This is the largest cross country meet in the US.

Here is Annika finishing up her 2K race.  She finished in the top 15 in a field of about 100.


Nikhil’s race was a 3K and even more competitive with a lot more hills that Mt. Sac is famous for.

Here is the starting line with well over 100 at the line.


This is the first of several long hills.

khare-blog-202A great race experience with a truly competitive field!

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