Running Keeps Kids On Track
Kids across the city came to Stephens Lake Park for some fun and fitness.
"Well it was fun, it was long, and it was really hot," runner Andy Devine said. "It's a good day for it, and you get sweaty, but it's worth it. You get good exercise."
Boone Hospital Center created the Kids on Track program four years ago to combat childhood obesity.
It's open to all kids 14 years old and younger, and the program is catching on.
"We actually have well over 200 kids that participated just in the kickoff event alone, with several others that have signed up through the mail that could not be here today so we've essentially doubled out numbers already," said Shelly Rolwing, event specialist.
The kids kicked it off today, but they have until August 18 to fill out their forms and complete their 26.2 miles. The program ends with a 1.2 mile race at Stephens Lake Park. For every five miles the kids run on their own, they receive a gift donated from local businesses. Many of the kids couldn't wait to get started.
"I was just kind of excited about running," runner Jesse Stockwell said. "I just wanted to show everyone what I could do." And this is one activity that parents can get behind."
We like to see the kids stay active and have some things to do and goals to work towards and this is something they can do everyday," said Mike Devine.
The kids are learning that fitness is important.
"It's just good for you and um you get good exercise, and it's a way to get out of your house and enjoy a good day," Andy Devine said.
Sign up runs through the end of June.