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Want to Get your Kids Involved in Healthy Kids Running Series?


ALEXANDRIA, VA – Healthy Kids Running Series, a national inclusive and fun youth running experience where kids (ages 2-14) celebrate their success and develop an active healthy lifestyle, is accepting registrants for its five-week spring Series at

The season’s first race will begin on Sunday, April 19 at 4 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School (200 S Carlin Springs Road in Arlington).

“For the previous two series, we had 160-180 kids signed up, and would love to reach even more! The series is run in Arlington, but kids from surrounding areas (Alexandria, Falls Church, McLean, etc.) are welcome to register,” said Kate Marden, Coordinator.

“Part of an active healthy lifestyle is getting kids out from behind gaming consoles and other screens and playing outside. Whether it’s running or another outdoor activity, we want to get kids moving,” Marden continued. “Our races are kid focused with the ultimate goal of teaching them how to be active and healthy and creating meaningful relationships within our community.”

“We believe that sports, particularly running, teaches lifelong values, such as confidence and accomplishment,” said Jeff Long, Founder, Healthy Kids Running Series. “We teach effort, perseverance, persistence, sportsmanship, independence and grit to our participants and their families, as together, we are building a healthier generation of active kids.”

Healthy Kids offers a five-week program in the spring and again in the fall with age-appropriate race distances. Kids compete each week for a chance to earn points, and at the end of the Series, the top boy and girl with the most points in their respective age division earn a trophy. All participants receive a finisher’s medal, race bag and Healthy Kids Running Series tech T-shirt for their achievements. Early bird registration is $35 for the five-week Series prior to March 30, and then increases to $40.

Impacting more than 60,000 youth runners in 300+ communities across the United States, Healthy Kids Running Series engages communities and families by providing an inclusive youth running experience, inspiring kids to believe in themselves and lead active healthy lifestyles.

Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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