Houston Kids Run

Experience Houston’s only Free Kids + Families Fun Run!

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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: August 4, 2019 at 7:00am

Future Runs:

– Sep. 1st (8:00am)
– Oct. 6th (8:00am)
– Nov. 3rd (8:00am)

Where: University of Houston-Downtown, Naylor Parking Lot. 1115 Naylor St, Houston, TX 77002 (on the corner of Naylor and Vine)

Register for FREE at The Houston Wellness Project to get your time chip

 Interested in volunteering? Contact Eric at 832-590-0478.



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.


University of Houston-Downtown, Naylor Parking Lot. 1115 Naylor St, Houston, TX 77002 (on the corner of Naylor and Vine)

Is there a kids running group in Houston?

Yes! GOOFY (Garden Oaks / Oak Forest Youth) Run and Fitness club provides an opportunity for kids ages kinder to 6th grade to learn about health, physical fitness, and running. Visit their Facebook page or contact them via email.




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, Meagan Bailey, Michelle Prentice, and Beth Johnston.


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