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Community ed fun run will benefit youth scholarships

If you want to make sure kids in School District 196 can participate in community education programs, get sweaty. The inaugural Run with Me Family 5K Fun Run and Health Expo will benefit youth scholarships for children in the district.

"We want all kids to be able to participate in our programs," said Marisa Schroht, a community education representative.

The race is a fun way for parents and kids to get out and be active together. The event will include a one-mile race and 5K race. The one-mile race will begin at 9 a.m. Oct. 13 and the 5K will start at 9:30. Event organizer Alicia Barnick said they set up the races so that people can run both if they want.

Both races will begin in Shannon Park, near Shannon Park Elementary School. The 5K route will take runners through the Evermoor neighborhood and back to the park. Community ed has worked with Shannon Park Elementary to make the 5K a positive experience. Students from the school have made signs with positive messages that will be place along the route, said Amanda Kuhn, a community ed representative.

The Family Health Expo will be set up near the race start and will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Kuhn said the expo will feature vendors who have an interest in health. Valley Natural Foods will hand out samples and provide healthy eating tips. Wise Swim School will be there with information about its programs as will community education.

For fun, a DJ will play music throughout the morning. There will be a bounce house set up and an obstacle course for kids and there will be Zumbatomic demonstrations. Kuhn said everything is designed to promote a more healthful lifestyle for the whole family.

Barnick said there will also be lots of prizes. More than $500 in door prizes will be given out at the event.

Schroht said more than 130 people have signed up so far and they hope to get more. Race packets must be picked up from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12 at Shannon Park Elementary School.

Some of the runners who will participate took part in Beginning Running for Families through community education. Barnick taught the class and said it's been great to see the families get excited about running.

In addition to the Sunday evening class, families were given a training schedule so that they would be prepared to run a 5K around the time of the event.

"It's been fun to hear their experiences," said Barnick.

Kuhn said because of the great response tot the Run with Me Family 5K Fun Run and Health Expo, community education plans to make it an annual event.

Registration is open online until Oct. 5 at Participants can still register after the 5th but will not be guaranteed a t-shirt.

For those who don't have any interest in running but would still like to get involved, Kuhn said they are looking for volunteers. Call 651-423-7934.

Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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