As we put the final preparations in place for this year’s race, we’re sharing “26 Tips in 26 Days” to make sure you’re ready to go on race day. Click here to read them all, or follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.
Chances are there is a child in your life who is thrilled to see you travel 13.1 or 26.2 miles. Today’s tip gives that little one a chance to show his or her excitement and expend some of that youthful energy in a healthy and fun way.
Tip 12: Highlights Kids’ Run
Each year hundreds of youngsters take part in the Highlights Kids’ Run! This year’s run is Saturday, Oct. 15. The cost is $10 per child, with each participant receiving a medal, a hat, a race number that can be redeemed to see one of the final shows for Ringling Bros. Out of This World at the Schottenstein Center and post-race refreshments! Plus, parking is FREE.
Events range from the “Diaper Dash” for wee ones, up to .80 mile run for older kids, with a variety of distances for other ages in between. Just like the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1/2 Marathon, the Highlights Kids’ Run will begin and end at North Bank Park. It will give children a chance to cross the same official Start and Finish Line used on Race Day. Before the races, there is a Kids’ Run Expo featuring family-friendly organizations, activities, sports teams and demonstrations.
It’s easy for kids of any age to get involved. Race opportunities include:
- The diaper dash (ages one to three) will be 60 yards;
- Four to five-year-olds will run .15 miles;
- Six to eight-year-olds will run .35 miles;
- Nine to 11-year-olds will run .80 miles.
- Additionally, there will be a wheelchair division.
Parents or guardians, click here to register your youngsters online until Sunday, Oct. 9, You also can register them in person, as well as pick up registration packets, at either of the following:
Noon to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14 – Register and pick up race packets at the Highlights Kids’ Run booth at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Columbus Marathon & 1⁄2 Marathon Health & Fitness Expo at the Greater Columbus Convention Center
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 – Register and pick up packets at the Highlights Kids’ Run tent at North Bank Park (intersection of Neil Avenue and Long Street in the Arena District, Downtown Columbus, 43215).
Remember, Kids’ Run races begin at 12:30 p.m.