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A marathon for all ages

A marathon for all ages

t Third annual Kitsap Family Fun Run Saturday,

May 12.

By ERIN BEIL

Staff writer

It’s time to lace up those running shoes, break out the sweatbands and join the hordes of families that will gather at the Pavilion for the third annual Kitsap Family Fun Run Saturday, May 12.

The Kitsap Family Fun Run late registration will begin at noon on Saturday, May 12 at the Pavilion and costs $5. The first walk begins at 1 p.m., the second walk begins at 2 p.m. and kids’ dashes will start at about 1 p.m. Various activities and raffle drawings will occur throughout the day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Refreshments and bottled water have been provided by race sponsors, and the first 700 registered race participants will receive a goody bag.

The first run is 1.2 miles and the second is 3.2 miles. The kids’ dashes will be down the center of the Pavilion.

“There will be ribbons for all finishers,” Perrone added. “All of the kids (participating in the dashes) will get a toy prize.”

To help combat childhood obesity, the Kitsap Family Fun Run is designed to get students and their parents involved in outdoor activities, a regular exercise regime and eating a well-balanced, nutritional diet.

“Childhood obesity is a huge issue,” said Katie Perrone, Kitsap Family Fun Run coordinator. “This is a chance for ... families to come together and do something fun.”

Previously known as the Central Kitsap School District Fun Run for more than 20 years, the Kitsap County Medical Society Foundation paired with CKSD in 2005 to revive the run after it was phased out in 2000. In 2006, the run was extended to the Bremerton School District. This year, the run was opened up to the three remaining school districts, North Kitsap, South Kitsap and Bainbridge Island, with expectations of having more than 700 participants.

“This is possibly the only indoor finish Fun Run in this area,” Perrone added.

Various physical education classes in elementary schools across the district helped prepare their students for the Fun Run with a six-week fitness program. Students logged in their physical activity “mileage” on a chart with an end goal of accumulating 26.2 miles.

For every 5 miles the students logged on their sheets, they were given plastic feet tokens, to be worn on shoelaces or around the neck, to demonstrate how well they were doing individually with the program. Perrone said this way the program was able to encourage and support physical activity for a prolonged amount of time.

Other activity displays inside the Pavilion include a nutrition display by Naval Hospital Bremerton, blood pressure readings by the Kitsap County Health District, running and walking assessments by South Sound Running, Kitsap County Disk Golf, My Gym activities and more.

Perrone said T-shirts will be available after the race for $7 each, which will be delivered two weeks after the run. Sizes range from youth small to adult extra-large.

Harrison Medical Center is the presenting Kitsap Family Fun Run sponsor of this year’s event.

For more information about the Kitsap Family Fun Run, contact Pat Anderson at (360) 692-4881 or at KCMSF@telebyte.com.

Tips for training for the Kitsap Family Fun Run

• Wear running shoes and socks to prevent foot problems.

• Run/walk with a friend, providing the ability to encourage each other and keep an even pace.

• Stretch before you run, holding each stretch for at least 20 seconds, which will help prevent injuries.

• Drink water after you run and throughout the day.

• Get plenty of sleep before the run.

• Eat a well-balanced diet including protein, grains, fruits and vegetables.

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