On a Sunday in mid-May, hundreds of kids will gather at Doylestown Central Park to run a kids-only 3k. But for all of the miles that will be tracked, the impact of the run will be even greater.
Youth non-profit organization iRun4Life is hosting its sixth-annual Kids Only 3k on Sunday, May 17, bringing together kids and keeping health, wellness and activity on their minds.
iRun4Life, which began in 2008, started with four elementary schools and 300 kids participating. Since then, the organization has expanded into 27 elementary schools and 10 school districts within Pennsylvania and New Jersey. More than 3,000 children participate in the organization, and up to 800 are expected to run in the May 17 event.
The mission of iRun4Life is simple: combat childhood obesity by establishing fun, non-competitive running programs for boys and girls in elementary schools. By teaching children about exercise, healthy nutrition and giving back to the community in the form of good deeds, iRun4Life hopes kids will live an active lifestyle throughout their lives.
Throughout the two states, iRun4Life offers a noncompetitive afterschool running program to both elementary school boys and girls at minimal cost. Each School Director has access to iRun4Life online training material containing all information and forms needed to organize a fun and successful running program.
The Kids Only 3k will include children from Kindergarten through sixth grade. The race is held rain or shine, and will include giveaways and information from a large group of community partners, including USTA Middle States. 10 and Under Tennis courts and tennis-related games will take place during and after the run, and will continue from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. during the USTA Middle States Free Family Fun Day.
The race is a unique opportunity for children to experience the excitement of a real race environment, complete with chip timing, bib numbers, a water station, raffles, music and awards.