Next Free Fun Run is on May 7th!
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Fly Movement, working in partnership with Houston Wellness Project, invites you and your family to participate in our free family fun run. Children 9 and under have the opportunity to participate in a 1-mile fun run and adults and older kids have the opportunity to participate in a 5K race immediately following.
Participation is not about being the fastest, but empowering children to try their best, learn the benefits of striving to reach a goal, and encouraging siblings, parents, and friends to run with them. The free fun run is not only a great way for families to spend quality time together, but running is an exercise that parents can regularly do with their kids.
When: May 7th, 2017 at 8am
Where: University of Houston-Downtown, Naylor Parking Lot. 1115 Naylor St, Houston, TX 77002 (on the corner of Naylor and Vine)
Interested in sponsoring Houston’s only Free Family Fun Run? Download the sponsorship form.
A kids fun run offers something to kids that a lot of other sports can’t – the chance to be physically active at their own pace. In addition, motivating kids to be more active is a good thing. Playing video games and spending time on smartphones and iPads has replaced time spent playing hide-n-go-seek or climbing trees outside. Play and physical activity is essential to children’s development because they contribute to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children. A free kids run offers a perfect opportunity for parents to engage fully with the kids.
Is running safe for children?
Yes! In recent years, there’s been a rise in kids running races. Children as young as 5 and 6 are running with school groups, and tweens are running 5 and 10 kilometer races with their parents and even on their own. In general, children are ready to start running 5 kilometer races between ages 8 and 10, says Mark Halstead, MD, a pediatric sports medicine specialist at Washington University in St. Louis. The Fly Movement 1 mile kids fun run for ages 9 and under is a distance that is very appropriate for kids – a distance children would typically spend running around in the yard with friends.
Who is the team behind Fly Movement?
A bundle of energy and unabashedly enjoys motivating kids to strive for goals and be more active in order to live a healthier life, Fly Movement is a Houston based nonprofit led by Eric Melchor, Ernesto Saldivar, Evelyn Shu, Meagan Bailey, Michelle Prentice, and Beth Johnston.