Youth running program now open

Published 12:45 pm Saturday, February 4, 2017

Healthy Kids Running Series will begin this spring for its first season at Southwest Middle School beginning April 23, according to a press release. The HKRS program hosted over 15,000 children in 2016.

HKRS is a five-week, nonprofit youth running program created by Jeff Long, founder and president of HKRS. The program is designed to combat childhood obesity while providing children with a positive, educational and fun introduction to the world of running.

“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.”

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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. The series provides participants with a fun learning experience, which includes living an active lifestyle, dedication and goal setting.

To register children, volunteer or become a sponsor, visit the website, or contact Katie Pestorious at or 507-383-6858.