On April 21, at 9 a.m., about 350 kids from Rockingham County will reach their goal of running their very first 5K race: the Rockingham County GO FAR Family 5K & 1-Mile Fun Run, coordinated by the Rockingham County Partnership for Children.
The kids are training as we speak, learning about healthy eating, goal-setting, sportsmanship, and of course, how to run 3.1 miles and feel awesome doing it. Josh, our friend Royce, and I have been volunteer coaching 30 kids at our local elementary school since last fall. I’m lucky to be on the planning committee and got to design the course this year, so if it’s short or long, you know who to blame!
GO FAR (Go Out For A Run) began in nearby High Point, NC, to help get our kids moving and having fun at the same time. The kids gain self-confidence and discover that being active and healthy isn’t a chore! This is the second year for our county’s GO FAR 5K. We run it for many excellent reasons:
- In North Carolina, more than 30% of children are either overweight or obese. Our state has the fifth worst ranking in the United States for childhood obesity.
- Out of North Carolina’s 100 counties, Rockingham ranks 71st for overall health outcomes.
- 22% of Rockingham County children live in households below the poverty level. That’s higher than the state average of 20%.
That last point is really important. One of the many great things about GO FAR is that every GO FAR kid will get to run the 5K—even if his or her family can’t afford the registration fee. Talk about no child left behind!
That’s where you come in. For a mere $20—the price of a student’s GO FAR registration—you can help a kid get started on his or her run of a lifetime. Select an amount and click the “Give” button on the widget below to donate via PayPal.
Thanks for your support. It’s for the kids!