Encouraging Lifelong Runners

Start of the kids 1 mile race.

I still remember doing my first road race. It was the Cary Arboretum 2 miler. That was 30 years and 20,000+ miles ago. I’m committed to training properly now, but I  didn’t train for that first race.  On second thought, it is more accurate to say I didn’t know I was training for the race.

I had, like most kids, spent years running everywhere I went. I ran to my friends’ houses. I ran to get the mail. I ran playing tag, football, and kill the carrier. We had impromptu races on the play ground to see who was the fastest kid in the class.

Sign at my neighborhood elementary school playground.
Sign at my neighborhood elementary school playground.

As a runner, and a former kid, you can imagine my horror when I saw the above sign at my neighborhood elementary school playground. I couldn’t believe what I was reading. I decided this must just be some sign that the playground manufacturers had to put up. Unfortunately that is not the case. My neighbor who has two kids at the school informed me that her kids complain daily about not being allowed to run during recess (although some teachers will occasionally turn a blind eye). No running during recess, because it is too dangerous!

Race Wally!
Race Wally!


While it saddens me that kids are growing up being told they aren’t allowed to run, I am all the more thankful I get to give kids a chance to become lifelong runners. For several years now the Mid-Hudson Road Runners club, has offered free preregistration for kids races at many of their events. For the past 7 years, the Wally Waddle has had both a 100 yard Wally Dash (for kids 6 and younger) and a 1 mile race (for kids 13 and younger). The 100 yard dash requires no registration and is held just before the start of the 5k on the rugby field at Vassar Farms. The 1 mile race is free if you preregister your child at www.mhrrc.org and only $5 on race day ($10 gets you registered and a great kids t-shirt).

Finishing the 1 mile race.

So join us this Mother’s Day and set your child on the path to lifelong fitness!

8th Annual Wa Wa Wally Waddle 5k and Kids Runs.
Benefiting Camp Wa Wa Segowea Camper Scholarship Fund 
    • Vassar Farms corner of Raymond and Hooker Ave.  Map
    • Sunday May 14th, 2017 (Mother’s Day)
    • Race Day registration 7:30-9:00 am
    • Kids 1 mile 9:00 am (free if you preregister $5 on race day)
    • Kids Rugby Field Rush 100 yards 9:15 am (free)
    • 5K Run/Walk 9:30 am ($20 preregistration $25 race day)
    • Awarding of the Pies around 10:30 am
    • T-shirts to the 1st 150 Registered 5k runners
    • Free games, face painting and balloon animals for the kids

Register online here

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