By Katrina Wheeler
The Healthy Kids Running Series is a community-based nonprofit organization that gets boys and girls Pre-K through Middle School active, feel accomplished, and lays the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. It has been encouraging kids nationwide to “Get Up and Go” since its inception in Philadelphia ten years ago. The Roseville/Rocklin chapter just completed its 3rd season in April and is gearing up to do a fall season beginning in September.
Each Healthy Kids Running Series offers age-appropriate race distances. Kids competed weekly for a chance to earn points, and the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division will earn a trophy. All participants will receive a finishers medal for their achievements courtesy of Healthy Kids Running Series! “The Healthy Kids Running Series is about having fun and encouraging our kids to remain active,” says Running Series director Tamara Conan. “Our goal is to provide a fun and positive experience for every participant and see them improve over the five weeks.”
Healthy Kids Running Series teaches its participants to live an active lifestyle through goal setting and dedication.
Over 44,000 plus kids participate in more than 200 Healthy Kids Running Series nationwide.
As the race director for the series here in Roseville/Rocklin, it all started when I was looking for a kids’ run for my girls, ages 5 and 7. I am an avid runner and my kids always want to run races and I wanted to find a kids’ race specifically tailored to them. Then I discovered the Healthy Kids Running Series.
In the past 3 seasons, I have watched kids build their confidence and endurance during the course of a series and it is truly inspiring to see. It has been one of the most rewarding experiences to be able to bring this series to the community.
We hope to see you and your kids this fall!