Sophie Merizzi, 5, Maxime Merizzi, 7, Wade Thompson, 7, and Blake Thompson, 9, show off their medals from Cornwall Multisport Club's Kids Day. (Alycia Douglass/TC Media)
CORNWALL, Ontario – An active lifestyle is an important part of our overall health. With that in mind, it’s never too soon to encourage physical activity in children.
This Saturday, roughly 100 kids came out to take part in the Cornwall Multisport Club’s annual Kids Day. The event saw youth from as young as two to 16 participating in various runs ranging from 700 meters to 3.74 km.
Event coordinator, Rafeek Mohammed says that Kids Day provides parents with an opportunity to get their children involved in physical activity from an early age.
“The event is free for all children, and everyone’s been doing quite well in their respective categories,” said Mohammed. “We’ve had about a 25 percent increase in participation from last year.”
Sponsored in part by Wendy’s, Economic Development Committee, as well as the Cornwall Multisport Club, roughly 15 volunteers were on hand to help with the morning’s activities.
In the spirit of fun, each participant was given a medal, with special awards being doled out to each event’s first place boy and girl.
“We’ve been doing this event for many years now,” said Mohammed. “And the reason we do it is to get kids involved in health and fitness.”
With the rain holding off for the entirety of the event, participants and their cheering sections were able to stay dry and enjoy the day.
For more information about the Cornwall Multisport Club, check out their website.