For the next year, 12-year-old Jesse Tyner-Wilson will have some special bragging rights — Fastest Kid in Town.
Sporting a bright green cast on his forearm, the Lexington seventh-grader sprinted to victory Saturday night in the annual kids' portion of A Midsummer Night's Run.
Taylor Rankin, 11, of Danville, who said she "just started running a few weeks ago," won the girls division and held her own against Jesse in a run-off for the overall title.
"I just like the way it feels I guess," she said of her newfound pastime.
An 11-year-old, Kasey Fields, won the women's division of the one-mile fun run; Brendan Kelly, 21, took home the prize in the men's one-mile.
More than 900 kids competed for the title of Fastest Kid in Town, from barely toddling 1-year-olds to long-legged 12-year-olds.
Parents said it was a fun family activity that helped them instill the value of exercise.
"We love the idea of the healthy activities in Lexington and getting him involved in a healthy lifestyle from a young age," said David Kitchen, whose 2-year-old son had just run. "I think he was real excited coming down here and had a great time."
Jayden Channer, 4, placed one of his medals around his mom's neck after winning his age group.
"You can have a medal," he said sweetly, "because we both won."
His mom, Shevan Threats, has taken home her share — she and Jayden's dad, Andrew Channer, met while competing in track and field at the University of Kentucky.
Threats said they've never pushed Jayden — he just loves to run.
"He'll pretend he's Flash or a superhero," she said.
Jayden thought the Flash symbol his dad had carved into his hair might have given him a little edge.
For some small entrants, the bounce house nearby on the grassy CentrePointe block, where the kids' races were held, was the bigger attraction.
But there was plenty of friendly competition to go around.
Four Lexington police officers stood just behind the finish line, keeping eager parents at bay.
"Lemme see how fast you can get!" Ted Jackson called as his son, Cooper, 4, tried a practice run before his heat.
"Keep your arms in like this," coached Cooper's mom, Cindy Jackson.
"We're a little competitive," she said, adding, "Anything that helps kids, inspires them to get healthy."