Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Runners, On Your Mark!

This Saturday (May 1, 2010) in High Point, NC, around 1,000 kids (mostly 4th and 5th graders) will meet for quite an event. You see these kids have participated in GO FAR (Go Out for a Run), a nonprofit organization that teaches kids about healthy habits and character building. The program also trains the young participants for a 5K race which is the culmination/celebration of the 10-week program.

Many of the GO FAR programs are hosted after school by physical education teachers at elementary schools in the area. GO FAR is spreading across North Carolina and the organization hopes it will eventually be available nationally.

As a member of the GO FAR board, it's exciting to see these kids on race day, all excited to apply their training to a real race. Below is a video clip of the Fall '09 GO FAR 5K.




If you're in the Triad area (High Point, Greensboro, or Winston Salem, NC) on May 20th, consider supporting GO FAR by attending a special benefit that will feature Jeff Galloway—world class athlete, Olympian, and the creator of The Galloway RUN-WALK-RUN™ method. Jeff's also the author of several books on running and fitness including Fit Kids Smarter Kids and he also writes for Runner's World magazine.
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The event will be held at the Natuzzi showroom in High Point, NC. Beer, wine, and finger foods will be served. Tickets sell for $20 for an individual and $30 for a pair. A free ticket will be given to all GO FAR donors of $75 or more. Proceeds from the event will help GO FAR reach more at-risk kids. If you live in the area, tickets can be purchased at Off 'N Running Sports in Greensboro. You can also contact Lisa Watts at lwatts5@triad.rr.com.

I recently had the wonderful opportunity to interview Jeff Galloway. Turns out we had similar experiences as youngsters with weight and lack-of-fitness issues. Be sure to check the blog tomorrow for the posting of that interview.

7 comments:

Gurl RunnR said...

I am excited to read about your interview with Galloway! I ran both of my first 2 marathons the Galloway Way! My third is this Saturday and I am still debating on whether or not to run walk or just run!!!???

Anonymous said...

Hey there Runner Dude ... just wanted to let you know that POM Wonderful is giving away 4 tickets to run in the Santa Monica Classic ... spread the word and keep on running :)http://bit.ly/dgiD3U

Cynthia O'H said...

That's awesome. There is nothing better than watching kids being active. I'm toying around with the idea of organizing a family run at my school (with 800 kids so it could end up huge) for a children's charity. We'll see....

RunnerDude said...

Hi Gurl RunnR! That's awsome!Best of luck on Saturday!!!

RunnerDude said...

Hey Anonymous! Pretty cool! Thanks!

RunnerDude said...

Hi Cynthia O'H!Great idea!Keep me posted on the race.

Scott Brown said...

Only thing better that watching kids run is beating the little things ;)