County fun-run aims to get kids fit and active

Since running around comes naturally to kids, the Pierce County Parks and Recreation Services Department wants to take that energy and give kids a chance to race on a full-size track with a crowd of fans cheering them on.

Designed for ages 3-8, the Movin-N-Groovin Kids Fun Run – scheduled for July 31 in Lakewood – will introduce youth to the world of track-and-field while they experience the pleasure of recreational running. Since running is the basis for a lifetime of fitness and an active life, everyone comes out a winner in this fun run with a fitness twist.

Vendors will be on site at Harry Lang Stadium, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive in Lakewood, to provide an assortment of interactive fitness activities for participants and their families. Participants can any or all three of the runs, and are advised to dress appropriately for the weather. Parks department recreation coordinators will hold an opening ceremony, conduct warm-ups and stretches for kids and families beginning at 5:00pm (followed by each of the races) and hold a closing ceremony after the last race.

Pre-register by July 24 to participate. The $8 entry fee includes all three running events, a race bib, a water bottle, a race bag, and a finisher’s medal. Registration the day of the event begins at 4 p.m. and will cost $10.

Race Schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m. – 400 meter (1 lap around the track)
  • 5:45 p.m. – 800 (2 laps around the track)
  • 6:15 p.m. – 1 Mile (4 laps around the track)

Movin-n-Groovin Kids Fun Run

Kids ages 3-8 years old as of July 31 can participate in this mini fun run where everyone is a winner!  Held at Harry Lang Stadium (Clover Park High School), 11023 Gravelly Lake Dr in Lakewood, events include a 400 meter, 800 meter or 1 mile run.  The fun run is held on Thursday, July 31 with check in at 4pm, and events beginning at 5:30pm.  Pre-register by July 24 for $8 or day of event fee is $10.  And don’t miss the opening and closing ceremonies. 

To register or for more information call 253-798-4141 or


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