January 16, 2014—Elementary schools from Eastern Washington and North Idaho have just a few more days to sign up for the Fit for Bloomsday…Fit for Life youth fitness program. After the entry deadline, over 60 schools are expected to have signed up, with nearly 6,000 kids participating in the ten-week running and walking program.
“We’ve already heard from more than 30 schools in the region,” said Bloomsday Race Director Don Kardong, “and nearly 3,000 kids are expected to participate at those schools. That’s a great start to this year’s program.”
Fit For Bloomsday…Fit For Life—dubbed Fit For Bloomsday for short—was developed by Bloomsday volunteers in cooperation with PE instructors, coaches and parents in the Spokane area. The Lilac Bloomsday Association provides information, materials, structure and incentives for the 8-10 week program, which is administered by school personnel and volunteers at participating schools. Now in its 28th year, the program prepares kids to run or walk Bloomsday while teaching them the importance of fitness, nutrition and safety.
Schools can sign up for Fit for Bloomsday by downloading an application form from Bloomsday’s web site (www.bloomsdayrun.org) and returning it to the Bloomsday office by January 22nd. Kids and adults who want to sign-up for the 38th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run can register online now at www.bloomsdayrun.org.
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