Q&A with Brandy Vaillancourt, Founder of RaceKids

Header_White_2_RNRKCQ.  How did you come up with the idea to create RaceKids?

A.  I was getting ready to run the Chicago Marathon and my son who is a big hockey fan begged to come with me to see the home of the Chicago Blackhawks. I started researching daycares in the area to watch him while I raced and started getting nervous because I realized I did not know the area or who would be watching my son. I eventually put the search to rest but then it hit me, there had to be a race that had a day camp service. I looked again and found nothing that’s when I started brainstorming. I decided to create a race day camp for kids so parents could run knowing their children were in safe hands.

Q. What kind of experience can parents expect from RaceKids?

A. We have full schedules planned for both half marathon and marathon races.  We will be doing moving activities, arts and crafts and sign making to cheer on race finishers. Breakfast will be provided for all campers and lunch will be available for full marathon children.

Q. What Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathons and half marathons will RaceKids be at?

A. Right now RaceKids will be at Rock ‘n’ Roll events through 2015. Our next race is Denver October 17 – 19. Followed by Savannah on November 6 – 8; San Antonio on December 5 – 7; Arizona on January 16 – 18; New Orleans on January 23 – 25; Washington DC on March 12 – 14; Dallas on March 20 – 22; and Nashville on April 23 – 25.

Q. What kind of training does the RaceKids staff have?

A. Your child’s safety is our number one priority and we operate under the highest standard of care available in North America. All of our staff members are experienced; certified; have full background checks and are trained in First Aid, CPR, and Epi-Pen Administration.

Q. Where is RaceKids day camp located during the marathon weekend?

A. We want to make this experience as convenient as possible for our families. All RaceKids day camps are located inside one of the headquarter hotels closest to the start line, which means if you are staying there your child never needs to step outside to get to us. Doors open 90 minutes prior to race start.

For more information on RaceKids or to register, visit http://www.racekids.org/