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Hempfield News – Feb. 17, 2014

Registrations open for Healthy Kids Running Series in East Petersburg
February 17, 2014

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Registration is now open for the Healthy Kids Running Series that begins Sunday, April 6.

The program is beginning its second season at East Petersburg Fitness Park, 5665 Main St.

In 2013 the HKRS Lancaster program hosted more than 50 runners in the fall program and expects continued growth in 2014.

HKRS is a five-week, nonprofit youth running program created by Jeff Long, the organization’s founder and president. The program is designed to combat childhood obesity while providing children with a positive, educational and fun introduction in the world of running. The divisions and race distances are as follows:

Pre-Kindergarten — 50 Yard Dash
Kindergarten & 1st Grade — Quarter Mile
2nd & 3rd Grade — Half Mile
4th & 5th Grade — 1 Mile
Middle School — 1 Mile

Runs are scheduled for 4 p.m. on Sundays April 6, 13 and 27, and May 4 and 11. The cost of $10 per race for $30 for the series.

“The Healthy Kids Running Series is all about having fun and motivating kids to be active,” Long said. “Our goal is to provide a fun and positive experience for every participant and see them improve over the five weeks. The support and growth of our Series has confirmed our value and mission.”

At the completion of the series, each participant receives a medal, and trophies will be awarded based on total points to the top boy and girl in each age group.

All runners registered for the five-week program will receive a race bag and HKRS tech shirt.

To register a child, volunteer or become a sponsor, please visit www.HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org.

Anyone interested in starting a Healthy Kids Running Series program in their community can visit the “Start a Race” page on www.HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org for more information.

Brandy Simmons is the community coordinator for the Lancaster series. She can be contacted directly with any questions regarding HKRS via e-mail at Brandice2003@yahoo.com or via cell phone at (717) 419-5577. Community sponsors are needed and greatly appreciated. Please contact Simmons if your company would like to be a local sponsor.

The Healthy Kids Running Series was founded in 2009 to combat increasing rates of childhood obesity through the introduction of running.

What began in West Chester now operates in more than 50 communities across the country. HKRS is its own nonprofit entity managed by the staff of Pattison Sports Group of Philadelphia.