Boy Loses Race Because He Wanted To Hug His Dad

Our hearts….

An adorable story about a little little boy losing his school sports day race has gone viral for a very sweet reason.

Daddy’s Boy

Film Director Imoh Umoren, who is based in Lagos, Nigeria, tweeted a photo of his two-year-old son Imoh Umoren II looking unimpressed in his school uniform.

“My son finished 4th in the race because instead of running across the finish line he ran to hug me,” he wrote. “Ah well won my heart.”

Since then, the tweet has received over 14,000 likes and over seven thousand retweets.

‘He’d Been Rehearsing All Week’

“It was his first race, but we had been rehearsing all week in the front yard,” Imoh Sr. told the Huffington Post.

“[On the day of the race, Imoh had a strong start, but] it sort of fell apart when he spotted me taking a picture of him and came to hug me.”

“I think part of it may be that he always ran into my arms while we were doing our little training at home.

“But he’s a bit of a hugger, and maybe to him, that is a natural ending to a race: run into daddy’s arms.”

“I was telling him to stop, but he couldn’t figure out why he had to,” he says.

“He ran towards me giggling, so I had to explain to him he had to get to the finish line. I don’t think he realised it was a competition!”

Sweet Kid

Imoh says his son eventually joined the race again and finished in fourth place, and in the next race he finished third.

“I’m just really lucky to have him,” he adds. “One time I was trying to teach him numbers, and he was struggling a bit with it.

“When he saw I was slightly disappointed, he said ‘I’m sorry’ and gave me a hug. I mean, I cried a little because he earnestly gives everything his best effort.”

Awwwwwwww! Little Imoh has definitely won our hearts too!

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