Sadly, Feb. 6 was Gerdich's last "Beat the Dads" competition because his son Carter, a fifth-grader, will move onto middle school next year. Despite his experience, jumping rope for two minutes is not as easy as it sounds.
"It's not like lifting weight," Gerdich said. "Jumping rope is a cardio all its own. The first minute is fine and then the lactic acid starts building up in the calves, but the kids are clapping and music is going."
Aaron Stawikowski didn't have any trouble jumping rope, which he called "quick and fun." But then, Stawikowski, an Aurora firefighter, jumps rope as part of his fitness program.
His team didn't win ("We missed it by two jumps," he said), but all the dads high-fived each other anyway.
For Stawikowski, the best part of the event was making his son Jaxon smile.
"Prior to jumping rope, they set it up in a gym like a DJ booth with music," Stawikowski said.
"They announce the dad's name and the kid's name. I had Jaxon on my shoulders. He was waving his hands and proud to be up there in front of his classmates."