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Running programs aim to make kids healthier

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 11:53 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, June 6, 2014 9:52 a.m. CDT

You know racing season is upon us when the weather warms up, and runners take their runs outdoors to the streets of the community. It’s a great sight to see our community taking such strides to a healthier lifestyle.

This year, through collaboration of the Dixon YMCA, the Reagan Run Committee, AHEC and the University of Illinois Extension, a new program has been brought to Dixon – the GO FAR (go out for a run) program.

GO FAR is a comprehensive fitness program for children that promotes fun, physical activity, healthy eating and good character.

The goal of the GO FAR program is to empower children to make healthy lifestyle choices that they can integrate and sustain throughout their life, including life lessons such as sportsmanship, self-discipline and being considerate.

This 9-week program works in tandem with the Reagan Run and the Kids’ Fun Run, to teach kids how to properly train and run a 5K. The series ends at this year’s 15th Reagan Run on July 5.

Children age 9 and under can participate in the annual Kids’ Fun Run, beginning at 7:30 a.m. on July 5. This is a free, noncompetitive road race, approximately 6/10 of a mile.

Kids typically finish within 15 minutes, so parents will have time to watch, or run along with their kids, and still have time to compete in the 5K. Safety is a top concern for all runners, and the courses are well-marked, and full of volunteers.

Following the Fun Run, participants will receive medals, goodie bags and refreshments. Please visit www.reaganrun.com to register, or for additional information.

Special thanks to all those sponsors who make the Kids’ Fun Run and Go FAR program possible: Dixon Family YMCA, Boss Carpet One Floor & Home, KSB Hospital, Grot Imaging Studios, Dr. Tom Lawless, Optometrist, Reagan Run 5K, Kohl’s, Exceptional Dentistry, AHEC and the University of Illinois Extension Office.

Hope to see you there and happy running!

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