Tips To Help Kids Get Most Fun out of Fun Runs
As temperatures cool, the fall marathon season heats up. We’re not speaking of only the big races such as Chicago, New York and Philadelphia Marathons, but also the thousands of local running events that take place during this season. Just Google road races in your community, you’ll undoubtedly find numerous listings for list 5k, 10ks and loads of ‘fun runs’ for kids!
Fun runs are short races for kids that range from 25 yards for toddlers to five miles for tweens, and usually include entertaining festivities such as face painting, costume contests, field games, healthy snacks and loads of music. According to a report from John Tesh’s syndicated radio show, Intelligence For Your Life, participation in fun runs in the past decade has jumped 36% in North America, while the number of races for kids has more than quadrupled!
“Fun runs are a great way for parents and their children to bond and enjoy the sport of running together,” said Olaf Burges, Rogers’ PORON® Cushioning Sales Engineer for European Regions, Mid-East and Africa who has logged more kilos than he can keep track of at running events. “The more fun organizers and parents bring to these events, the more inspired kids will be to participate and enjoy a healthy lifestyle.”
Before your child laces up his or her shoes for their next fun run, we suggest the following tips:
- Choose age- appropriate races – Make sure the event is in line with your child’s ability. Doctors suggest kindergarteners will be fine running up to 200 yards. Children eight years and older can build up to two miles with proper training.
- Choose the right pair of shoes – Not too tight and not too loose, both will cause blisters and make for an unhappy child. For a proper stride, we recommend you remove the inferior insoles that come in your children’s shoes and replace with trim to fit aftermarket insoles made with PORON® Cushioning for added support.
- Stretch – Just like Mom and Dad, kids’ little bodies need to be limber before and after an event to reduce injury. Stretch with your child to make sure all core muscles are warm and supple.
- Hydrate –To keep you child’s energy up it’s important your child stay hydrated. Encourage your child to take a few gulps of water or non-sugary sports drink at every break during runs.
- Celebrate – Whether your child wins or loses or comes in the middle, it is very important to celebrate their achievement. Remember it is all about the experience and sharing your love of running together.
Have some photos to share of your child participating in a fun run? We’d love to see them posted here or on our Facebook page!