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Local kids take part in annual Youth Run

Organizers say it isn’t only about the run, it's also about learning the benefits of exercise.

Posted: Aug 15, 2019 12:56 PM

UTICA - Children ranging in age from 4-13 burned some calories as Mohawk Valley Community College hosted the fifth annual Oneida County Youth Fun and Fitness Run.

The 4 to 6-year-olds ran a quarter mile. The 7 to 8-year-olds ran a half. The 9 to 10-year-olds ran three quarters of a mile, and the oldest runners ages 11 to 13 ran a full mile.

Organizers say it isn’t only about the run, it's also about learning the benefits of exercise.

“Being physically fit is a way for their brains to be a little bit more prepared to learn, so that's really why sports is a big part of what should be provided in our community,” said Oneida County Youth Bureau Director Kevin Green.

Participants also received information on staying fit and active.

The Youth Bureau’s next event is their fall cleanup in October.

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