Under a blazing hot sun Saturday afternoon, dozens of pink-faced children waited anxiously for their signal to go. 

One by one, representatives from the local chapter of the National Association of Rocketry fired off a series of 12 small "mosquito rockets," sending them soaring into the open fields of Old National Pike Park in Mount Airy. 

Then, it was time to run.

The kids bolted off into the hills, searching for the rockets — no bigger than foam Nerf bullets — in the acres upon acres of open land before them. If they found them, they got to keep them.

In the end, the kids recovered an impressive 11 in-tact rockets, said club member Ed Pearson. Typically, he said, he's lucky to get one back out of every 15 he launches. 

Saturday was the club's first "Rocket Run," Pearson said, but he hopes to make it an annual tradition. Many families who attended also watched club members launch larger model rockets they had built at home. 

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