Making Fitness Fun

IMG_0020Marry Poppins once said, “In every job that must be done there is an element of fun.  You find the fun and snap, the job’s a game!”  Whether you are tidying up the nursery or working out, there is a lot of truth in that statement!

This past weekend PacificSource presented the Saint Alphonsus Capitol Classic – A Children’s Race.  Close to 1,000 kids ages 6-14 raced a mile from the Boise Depot to the Idaho State Capitol.  It was great being able to watch the girls and boys find the fun in running.  Some found their fun in being competitive with their friends while others found their fun in just being out in the sunshine on a beautiful June day.IMG_0097

After kids crossed the finish line, PacificSource volunteers greeted the racers with medals, healthy snacks and the PacificSource Ninja Challenge obstacle.  Kids loved being able to run through agility ladders and poles, crawl through tunnels, and finish up with a bean bag toss.  Turning physical activities into a game is much like hiding the peas in the mashed potatoes.

Find the fun in healthy eating and physical activity this summer – for both you and your kids.  Set up a family obstacle course in your back yard; instead of going for an arduous run, play a game of tag with your kiddos; make healthy cooking a family affair.  Just remember that as soon as you find the fun, whatever you are doing, it is no longer work but a fun game.

Let’s Rock the Races!

Pete the PacificSource monkey modeling the free hat kids earn after participating in two races.

Pete the PacificSource monkey modeling the free hat kids earn after participating in two races.

This spring and summer, kids and seniors in Bend, OR have been busy walking, jogging and running through the PacificSource Rock the Races program. We’ve been giving away free entries to a series of kids’ fun runs and 5K races as a way to promote healthy lifestyles and we’ve had a great response so far! We kicked off the season early with the Little Snow Warriors Run at Winter Fest in February. Next, there was a great turn out at the Little Fry Run and 5K at the Salmon Run in early May. (Check out the pictures below.) And this holiday weekend, seniors and kids will be rocking the Happy Girls 5K and Happy Little Kids Run at Riverbend Park.

Inspired? Want to get involved? We’ll be giving away 50 kid registrations at three more fun runs and 25 senior registrations at two more 5K races. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for the registration code.

Kids Rock the Races Seniors Rock the Races
Little Snow Warriors at Winterfest: February 15 n/a
Little Fry Run at the Salmon Run: May 3 Salmon Run 5K: May 3
Happy Little Kids Run at Happy Girls Half Marathon, 10K & 5K: May 24 Happy Girls 5K: May 25
Little Hopper Root Beer Run at the Bite of Bend: June 28 Bite of Bend 5K: June 29
Balloon Blast at Balloons over Bend Children’s Festival: July 19 n/a
Kids Splash ‘n Dash at Deschutes Dash: July 27 Deschutes Dash 5K: July 27

 

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