Got a little speed demon on your hands? A new running series is coming to St. Louis that offers age-appropriate races for kids. The Healthy Kids Running Series debuts at Maryville University in April.
The races are coordinated by Maryville cross country and track and field coaches Micky Kaufman and Timothy Makubuya.
"We both have degrees in physical education and are very passionate about helping others with healthy lifestyles," Kaufman said. "After looking into a few different programs, we decided that Healthy Kids was the best mutual fit. We love that this program promotes inclusion of both genders and comes with a cheap price tag. You can enter the program for only $30 and get five races out of it."
Races take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday April 6, 13, 27 and May 4 and 11. Preschoolers run a 50-yard dash. Kindergarteners and first-graders run a quarter mile. Second- and third-graders run a half mile and fourth-graders through middle schoolers run a mile. Runners may participate in the entire series or pick and choose their races.
The series winner will receive a trophy, but all participants receive medals and gift bags.
"Races are timed, however the biggest goal of the series is to get participation and get kids active not necessarily to see who will win the race," Kaufman said.
Learn more about the program and register by visiting the Healthy Kids Running Series website. All races are held at Maryville Unversity, 650 Maryville University Drive, St. Louis, Mo., 63141.