Area students prepare to lace up for the Bellin Run


Area students prepare to lace up for the Bellin Run
GREEN BAY — For many area youth, a race isn’t about watching from the sidelines. Kids for Running, which includes programs for 3rd through 12th graders, aims to get students involved with the community in anticipation of the Bellin Run (June 14, 2008). Kids for Running will kickoff at an informational meeting on Thursday, February 7, 2008, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Green Bay Health & Athletic Performance Center, 1630 Commanche Ave., Ashwaubenon.
“Training for the Bellin Run is a great way to get kids moving,” said Randy Van Straten, Bellin Run race director. “Not only is the 10K run a form of exercise, but it’s also a fun way to build confidence and create relationships with other run participants.”
The informational meeting, which includes dinner, will feature a motivational presentation from Frank Shorter. Shorter was the first Bellin Run champion in 1977 after earning a gold medal in the 1972 Olympics and a silver medal in the 1976 games. He is also a pioneer of the running “boom” which began in the 1970s.
Kids for Running (3rd to 6th graders), the Middle School Challenge (7th and 8th graders) and the High School Challenge prepare young people to run or walk the Bellin Run. Many students participate in these programs as part of their after-school program activities or running programs. Faculty, staff and parents often train with the students as well.
“The Bellin Run is a great way to encourage kids to exercise in a non-competitive environment,” said Tia Schartner, Kids for Running coordinator. “When the kids get together to run on race day, it’s an incredible learning experience that accompanies a wave of excitement for each young participant.”
This year’s Bellin Run for adults and children ages 13 and up will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, June 14. Kids ages 4-12 can participate in the Dick Lytie Children’s Run at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 13.
Last year, more than 1,900 kids from Northeast Wisconsin and Upper Michigan joined Kids for Running to prepare for the Bellin Run. Students that participate in this year’s program will receive a Bellin Run t-shirt and Kids for Running t-shirt.