|Ninth Annual Kids Klassic is Oct. 2 at Heritage Park|
The Kids Klassic is a noncompetitive fun run/walk for children and their families sponsored by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.
This year's event will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Oct. 2 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 Kids Klassic 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 2004 Kids Klassic is a benefit event for the Jordan Lee Brooks Asthma Scholarship Fund for the American Lung Association of Kansas. 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.
The cost is $10 for children and $12 for adults until Sept. 30 and $12 for children and $14 for adults after that date. Early registration is advised. Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by Monday, Sept. 27, while walk-in registrations must be received by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 30. For more information, call (913) 831-3359. Participants can also sign up from 2 to 7 p.m. on Friday Oct. 1 and from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. on 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!
Volunteers are also needed for this event. For more information or to sign up, contact Keri Sanborn at (913) 236-1266.