Healthy Kids Running Series returns to Greenville in October

GREENVILLE— Looking for a program that encourages kids to get up and go? Come join the fun and run with us this October!

Healthy Kids Running Series is a national, community-based non-profit that provides a fun, inclusive five-week running series for ages 2-14, designed for kids to get active, feel accomplished and lay the foundation for a healthy lifestyle.

Greenville has been offering HKRS races to the local community since 2013. Its newest coordinator, Elise Hays, has a goal to expand the program to all of Darke County.

“No matter who you are or your fitness level,” Elise said, “no runner is left behind, our volunteers make sure of that.”

Each age group runs a different race length. Not wanting to exclude any runner, Greenville’s program has added a Challengers Division, which runs a 75-yard dash for those with special needs to get in on the fun! Points for races are based off when each racer finishes. Each racer receives a medal at the last race/awards day, and the person with the most points in each age group receives a trophy. Signing up includes a series t-shirt, 5 race bibs, and safety pins.

Sponsors for the series include GNB Banking, Professional Family Eyecare, Up and Running in Troy, Zechar-Bailey Funeral Homes, and Chris Hays Electric.

Race dates are 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, and 10/30 at 3PM and will be held in the Greenville City Park at Memorial Hill to provide the runners with a true race experience. Races will last about an hour. You can sign up for a single race for $10 or for the whole race series. If you sign up now through September 11th, you will be eligible for the early bird discount of $40 instead of $45 for the whole series, walk up registration day of is $50, so don’t wait! If the price is a financial strain, do not let that hold you back! Contact Elise for details. Go to and search for Greenville’s race, or contact Elise at

“We hope to see you there!” Elise said. Healthy Kids Running Series Mission: To engage communities and families by providing an inclusive youth running experience, inspiring kids to believe in themselves and lead an active healthy lifestyle.

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