Latino Kids From the Bronx Run in First Ever Times Square Kids Run


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Over 1,000 kids (including many Latinos) will be running in the New York Road Runners’ (NYRR)  first-ever Times Square Kids Run!

The free event which is part of the NYRR’s Five-Borough Series is set to kick-off on Sunday March 15, 2015 alongside the United Airlines NYC Half Marathon.

Events like these are especially important for Latino kids  who are often faced with multiple barriers to physical activity.

For kids at one school, PS 159 in the Bronx, programs like the NYRR’s young runners program provide them with the opportunity to be physically active on a regular basis.

At PS 159, teacher Sally Bojorquez leads the running team in morning runs on a weekly basis. For some of the students running in the race, this will be their first time leaving the Bronx.

Starting at 8:00 am kids from the ages of 7-18 will have the opportunity to participate in the 1500 meter (close to 1 mile) run which will commence on Seventh Avenue at West 47th Street. Shortly after the kids run, at 10:00 am adults will have the chance to run in the NYC Half marathon.

For many, running in a race goes beyond just getting exercise. It’s about determination, about doing it for those we love, and about inspiring a culture of health.

To learn more about this event and to register click here.

Learn more about Latino kids and the lack of safe places for activity by visiting Salud America!‘s Growing Healthy Change Active Spaces resources here.

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