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National running series goes virtual, encourages kids to get active

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Posted at 7:50 AM, Apr 21, 2020

A national, five-week running series aimed at getting kids to lead a more active lifestyle is going virtual.

Lafayette City Councilwoman and Series Coordinator, Nanette Cook says the Healthy Kids Running Series began on Monday, April 20 and has virtual races planned for kids ages 2-14.

"As families navigate through this new norm of social distancing, we want to encourage kids to lead an active healthy lifestyle. Whether it's running in their yard or around the block, we want kids to continue to be active while avoiding potential contact with the COVID-19," said Cook. "Our races are always kid focused with the ultimate goal of teaching children how to be active and healthy while creating meaningful relationships within our community. This is a unique opportunity to be connected and engaged with participants while separate."

According to a release, kids compete each week in age-appropriate races on a course of their choosing. At the end of the five-week series, runners, when appropriate, will be invited to pick of a medal and t-shirt for their participation.

Cook says that the program also benefits the Lafayette community via funds raised through registrations. The money, she says, goes directly into the PE programs in Lafayette Parish public schools. Following past series events, funds have been used to purchase PE equipment in the school to enhance lessons being taught.

Registration is ongoing and is $35.

To learn more about the series, visit HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org.

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