If we could harness the energy of kids, the world would go green over night. We can't, of course (short of hooking them up to treadmill-powered turbines), but we can harness their energy to put a little green toward their college funds.
Kids 13 and younger will be on their marks at McAuley Park for the Harrison Classic--a one-mile fun run along historic Harrison Boulevard Sunday, Oct. 13.
Hosted by the YMCA, the run typically draws about 1,000 kids, according to Race Director Bob Fries, and everyone is a winner.
"We don't necessarily place the first-place person above anybody else in this race," he said. "Everybody gets a finisher medal."
The run encourages fitness and getting a little fresh air, but it also drums up a little money. The schools with the most participants win a new pair of shoes for their P.E. teacher, plus $250 for their P.E. programs. Even better, this year a randomly selected kid from each age group has a chance to win $100 toward a college savings account from the Ideal College Savings Program.
As if kids needed any more help getting pumped up to run around, Boise Rock School will rally the racers with kid-staffed bands every quarter mile along the route.
Participation costs $25 per kid, with assistance available. The race is open to all--from infants to 13-year-olds--and parents can take part for free if they want to run with their racer. Age groups will leave the starting line in waves, with the youngest taking off at 3 p.m. Finish line is at Hill Road and Harrison Boulevard.