|Annual Galyan's Kids Klassic is October 12|
Now in its seventh year, the Kids Klassic is a noncompetitive fun run/walk for children and their families sponsored by Galyan's and the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
This year's event will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 12 at Heritage Park, 16050 Pflumm, Olathe. Participants have a choice of a 5-Kilometer (3.1 mile) or 2-mile route. There's also a free half-mile fun run/walk that will begin at 10 a.m. While a clock located at the finish line will display the time, this event will not be scored. Everyone who runs or walks is considered a winner!
The event is open to kids of all ages, and grown-ups too! Adults are welcome to enter and are encouraged (but not required) to enter with a child. All participants receive a long-sleeve T-shirt, post-race refreshments, and will be eligible for prize drawings. All children who finish the race will receive a medal.
The 2002 Galyan's Kids Klassic is a benefit event for the Jordan Lee Brooks Asthma Scholarship Fund for the American Lung Association of Kansas Camp SuperBreathers. Brooks was a student at Briarwood Elementary School who suffered from asthma and finally succumbed to the disease in the summer of 1998 at the age of nine. From each participant's entry fee, $2 will go to this fund and will be used to assist asthma-stricken youth to attend athletic programs or camps of their choice. Any additional donations to this fund are also appreciated.
The cost is $10 for children and $12 for adults. Early registration is advised. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Monday, Oct. 7, while walk-in registrations must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 10. Registrations will be taken on race day, but there is an additional $2 fee per person. For more information, call (913) 831-3355. Participants can also sign up at Galyans, 11801 Nall Avenue, Leawood, from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday Oct. 11 and from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. race day at Heritage Park.
The free half-mile fun run/walk is open to all, especially kids six and under. Finisher ribbons will be awarded to all kids!