Get Up and Go, a Healthy Kids Running Series, strides into action starting this Sunday, April 13, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Andover Village Improvement Society’s West Parish Meadow off Reservation Road in Andover.
Pre-kindergarten through middle school students are invited to take to the course and get moving this spring. The five-week series continues Sundays, April 27 and May 4, 11 and 18, all from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
The age divisions and distances are: pre-kindergarten, 50-yard dash; kindergarten and first grade, one-quarter mile; second and third grades, half-mile; fourth and fifth grades, 1 mile; and middle-schoolers, 1 mile.
The top finishers in each race will receive points based on where they placed. The boys and girl with the most points in each division at the end of the series will win a trophy and prize. Medals will be awarded to every runner after the last race in the series. Gift bags will also be distributed to all participants.
The national, nonprofit youth running program is designed to combat childhood obesity while providing children with a positive, educational and fun introduction to the world of running.
Amy Smith, community coordinator for the local running series, said it is drawing a lot of interest from families in the Andover and Lawrence areas as well as from people in New Hampshire who have already signed up their children. Andover represents the program’s first series in New England.
The cost is $30 for the entire series or $10 per race. The local sponsors include New Balance, Greater Boston Running Co., Andover Pediatrics and Kevin T. Bagnall Family Dentistry.
For more information on the running program or to register, visit www.HealthyKidsRunningSeries.org.