Local initiative hosts Kids in Motion 5K

The Huntington YMCA will host the second annual Kids in Motion 5K Race Sunday afternoon at the YMCA Kennedy Center on Route 2.

Kids in Motion, a local health and wellness program through the Huntington YMCA, is geared toward children ages 5 to 17 in the Tri-State area and strives to provide a safe place for students to come be more proactive in their health and wellness while beating and ending childhood obesity.

“It’s a more interactive fun environment for kids out there who may not want to play a team sport but still wants to be involved in something active,” health and wellness director for Kids in Motion Sarah Holub said.

Kids in Motion not only works to strengthen student’s ability to train and be fit, but also helps students understand the benefits of eating healthy through their partnership with Huntington’s Kitchen.

Holub said during the event this weekend they hope people come out and support this local initiative that encourages children to be fit and eat healthy.

“It’s a great opportunity for anyone, any age, to come out and support our program, get more information on Kids in Motion, as well as the YMCA,” Holub said. 

Anyone can register to run or walk in the 5K, or children ages 10 and under can register to participate in the free MedExpress Kids’ half mile run.

Holub said during the race Kids in Motion will exhibit their workout equipment as well as offer face painting, creating a more fun family oriented event.

“Our program revolves around the family being involved, having the families support of the kids,” Holub said. “That is what we are trying to focus on.”

Registration is still open online. Those wishing to participate can register on the website or on the day of the race. 

The first 100 people registered are guaranteed a t-shirt.

The race starts 2 p.m. There is a $20 fee for participants 14 and under and a $25 fee for participants 15 and older. 

All proceeds benefit the Kids in Motion program.

“Come out and be active,” Holub said.

Darius Booker can be contacted at [email protected]