Some entrants in Lexington's annual A Midsummer Night's Run race cross the finish line with arms held high in the air and smiles on their faces.
Others cross it in a mad screaming fit.
The latter was the case for Bailee White, who competed in the girls' 1-year-old division of the Fastest Kid in Town race Saturday night, crying the entire way.
"She was mad," said her mother, Tabitha Durrum, who was able to coax the 22-month-old across the finish line "after I kinda ran from her."
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She said Bailee, who normally is a fast runner, was upset because her daddy and grandmother left her at the starting line.
A record 5,000 entrants were expected to participate in the Midsummer Night's Run festivities, which also included a 1-mile fun run/walk and a competitive 5K, said Ruth Ann Childers, spokeswoman for sponsor Central Baptist Hospital.
By the end of the day Friday, about 3,800 people had preregistered, about the same number who participated last year. Organizers had to order an extra 1,000 bibs at the last minute, Childers said.
She said she thought the cooler weather Lexington has enjoyed for most of this summer helped draw more people out.
Pat Mullinix said she has participated almost every year, often with various members of her family.
On Saturday, she walked in the fun run with her sister and daughter, as well as her 86-year-old mother, Dot Skivington, who was visiting from Massachusetts. It was Skivington's first time participating in A Midsummer Night's Run.
The race is in its 25th year, and Mullinix said it's become a meaningful event for her family.
"This is a family initiation," she said.
The group was among the last to finish, but Skivington, who was pushing a walker, said she didn't mind.
"It doesn't seem much to anybody else, but it is to me," she said.
A Midsummer Night's Run is also special for Stephanie Prewitt and her father, Stephen Crutcher.
"My father and I have been doing this for seven years," Prewitt said. "I'll probably be doing this when I'm his age."
Her father has had two open-heart surgeries and two knee replacements since they started the tradition.
This year, a new member of the family joined in.
Prewitt completed the fun run with her 9-week-old son, Jay, asleep in a carrier on her chest.
"It's a great event," Crutcher said. "It kind of winds up your summer."