Kids Running Across Helena

IMG_0816Getting kids excited about exercise is usually pretty easy. Most kids love to get outdoors to run, exercise, and compete. As adults, it’s our responsibility to give kids as many resources and excuses to exercise as we possible can. Unfortunately, that’s proving to be an increasingly difficult task. With decreased physical education and more sedentary distractions than ever before, it’s becoming harder to give kids the “kick” they need to get moving.

That’s why a team of organizations in Helena, MT hosted a free, one-mile race for children of all ages.  The idea was simple; if enough kids pledged to run, the Helena community would find the resources to make it happen. As it turned out, more than 500 children signed up. It was game on!

IMG_0799Kids got a t-shirt, a warm up Zumba lesson, and then they were off! The competition was fierce, but regardless, everyone had a good time. While the race was the main attraction, there was also a Family Fun Fest immediately after the race. Families could watch their kids run, then enjoy health and wellness games, free admission to Exploration Works (a children’s science museum), and free carousel rides. The day was all about giving kids an excuse to have some fun, trying some new healthy activities, and get active.

PacificSource would like to thank St. Peter’s Wellness for serving as the driving force behind the event. We’d also like to thank the other partners that came together to make it happen. The YMCA, the Great Northern Town Center, Exploration Works, Downtown Helena, Great Northern Carousel, and Capital City Health Club were all incredibly generous with their time and resources to make this event a success. Working with so many like-minded organizations was inspiring, and the kids in Helena certainly benefited from the team work.

Here are some pictures to paint a full picture of the day:

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