Virtual Running Series Eliminates Virus Worries

BOYERTOWN PA – Young runners in Boyertown and Pottstown can keep pace with a pack of their peers, fly down a path as though they were the wind itself, and still maintain social distancing requirements set to keep people healthy in the age of coronavirus, the “Healthy Kids Running Series” organization suggested Monday (April 6, 2020).

The group had planned outdoor runs April 19 (Sunday) over five weeks of what it hoped would be glorious spring weather, perfect for kids to lead an active, healthy, and self-inspiring lifestyle, coordinators Jeff and Jean Shontz, and Liz Connelly explained. Arrival of the coronavirus pandemic has changed those plans. Now the running series will be a virtual one that relies heavily on technology.

The start date remains April 19, with age-appropriate race distances. Participants compete each week on a virtual course of their choosing, and at the end of the series they will be invited to a “Medal and T-Shirt Pickup” event. Registration for the five-week series costs $35. The event is part of the national Healthy Kids Running Series, which focuses on building stamina and skills in youths age 2-14.

“This is a unique opportunity to be connected and engaged with participants while separate,” the trio of coordinators admit. But “whether it’s running in their yard or around the block, we want kids to continue to be active while avoiding potential contact with the COVID-19,” they said. “As families navigate through this new norm of social distancing, we want to encourage kids to lead an active healthy lifestyle.

Nationwide, the Healthy Kids Running Series affects more than 60,000 youth runners in more than 300 communities across the United States. For more information, send Jeff Shontz an e-mail to hkrsboyertown@gmail.com, or call the organization’s regional office at 484-352-2729.

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