CORNWALL, Ontario -All youngsters come away winners during the Cornwall Multisport Club Kids’ Day.
From tiny tykes ages six and under, through to 16-year-olds, this year’s popular event will be held Saturday at Lamoureux Park and is free to everyone in the community.
“We really want to encourage parents to bring their youngsters down to the park for it,” said Malik Croney, race director. “The event is meant to encourage kids’ to become physically active, but it also promotes important qualities like good sportsmanship and fair play.
“Plus, it’s tons of fun, too!”
Croney, a CMC board member, has helped to organize the event in the past and eagerly looks forward to it every summer. Over the years, the Cornwall Multisports Club has incorporated various initiatives into the event to help make it even more kid-friendly.
“For instance, not only do we have awards for each age group, but every participant who crosses the finish line receives a finishers’ medal,” he said. “They take such pride in this, it’s a real sense of accomplishment for them, and they’ll end up wearing it the whole day.
“It’s exciting to see them cross the line.”
In addition, club members also volunteer as pace bunnies for the events. This ensures that no participant is left behind on the course, and that there’s someone there to see they get over the finish. Kids’ of all levels of physical fitness are encouraged to register and no special equipment is required except a pair of running shoes.
“You see the pacer run up with the kids, then step back as the kids would cross the finish on their own. It’s a very positive thing for participants.”
Registration takes place from 10 – 10:20 a.m. at the bandshell. It will take place rain or shine. Those interested may also sign-up in advance by visiting www.cornwallmultisportclub.com/cmckids.shtml
Events for ages 6 and under begin at 10:30 a.m., with all other age groups as listed to follow. The awards ceremony will be held immediately after the final participant crosses the finish line.
Light snacks will be provided for the participants, and their supporters are welcome to pack a picnic to enjoy while cheering them on. The awards ceremony will be held at 11:50 a.m.
On average, 80 youth register for the event, but there’s no cap on it. The non-competitive atmosphere still has an official air which makes it especially fun for them.
“Each participant has their own race bib, it’s on a marked course, we have race marshals and pacers, plus they receive a finishers’ medal. It’s such a positive event for them, even if they’ve never run before. It’s a great day,” Croney enthused.