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Anyone who has participated in a 5K knows you can’t just show up and run without some preparation, and we’re not just talking about adults but kids, too.
So, CoxHealth is offering a program for three to 12-year-olds to prepare them for the CoxHealth Medical Mile. Chris Flouer is director of Cox Fitness Centers…
"Well, we talk about proper techniques for running and the race itself, also we kind of cover clothing and shoes and nutrition, stretching and strengthening and basically kind of overall conditioning."
And, although three years old sounds like an awfully young age to take part in a 5K, Flouer says kids have always been a part of the race…
"We experienced early on in the event--it's our 21st annual Medical Mile event--and we experienced early on that there were lots of little ones that came out for it and then also from the sibling standpoint. We had siblings that always wanted to participate as well although they may not be running the entire distance--they walk/run, a lot them actually just walk the event as well."
According to Flouer, fun will be the main theme of the training—he says they just want to get kids active.
The training starts this Wednesday night (4/25) and continues for six weeks each Wednesday night through May 30thfrom 6 to 7 on the Burrell Lake running path just east of Hulston Cancer Center.
Kids can attend as many or as few of the sessions as they’d like, but they must have an adult with them. There’s no cost, and registration can be done at the session.
The 21stAnnual CoxHealth Medical Mile is set for June 2nd. Proceeds will benefit Children’s Miracle Network.
For more information or to register for the training program or the race, call 269-3282.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.