Kids’ race kicks off Fifth Third River Bank Run

Students of Burton Elementary celebrate at Fifth Third Junior
Students of Burton Elementary celebrate winning the 2015 Traveling Trophy for the Feelin' Good Mileage Club.

WYOMING, Mich. (WOTV) More than 1,000 kids came out ready to run at Fifth Third Junior at Wyoming High School. The event just for kids kicks off race week for the Fifth Third River Bank Run.

Physical fitness helps develop a sense of achievement, which improves self-esteem.

Many of the kids at Fifth Third Junior have been getting ready for the race by walking, jogging, and running in the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club. The program is part of the Fifth Third River Bank Run, which involves elementary school students. It offers them incentives to get moving and reach the goal of running at Fifth Third Junior.

Kids who attend a “healthy school” have fewer absences, high academic achievement, and self-esteem.

Fifth Third Junior brings together the community. Families come out and learn how to stay active together and make healthy choices. Some of the parents get involved in the Fifth Third River Bank Run by becoming Road Warriors.

One-third of all kids are obese or overweight, leading to heart disease, asthma, and type 2 diabetes. Encourage your kids to move 60 minutes a day!

The Fifth Third River Bank Run is Saturday, May 9. The 5K starts at 7 a.m., the 10K has a staggered start at 7:40 a.m., and the 25K run starts at 8:30 a.m. Come cheer on the runners or you can still register at the Sports & Fitness Expo at DeVos Place on Friday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For everything you need to know about the Fifth Third River Bank Run including street closures, parking, baggage, and restrooms, click here.

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