We know it to be true: many kids today lack the resources to get the study and social skills needed to be a success in today’s fast-paced society. They also don’t get the chance to learn healthy eating and exercise habits that would fuel that success.
That’s one reason for the existence of the Greater Dover Boys & Girls Club, and another reason why the club is holding its third annual 5K Run/Walk this weekend.
This year’s theme is “Be Safe. Be Healthy. Be Active. Be Great,” said Jennifer Cohan, president of the club’s board of directors. Cohan also is director of the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles, one of several agencies sponsoring the event.
Proceeds from Saturday’s run/walk will benefit Dover-area clubs at Simon Circle, Delaware State University and on Dover Air Force Base.
“We’re all about giving kids a safe place to go, keeping them in a safe environment and providing opportunities for them,” Cohan said. “The Boys & Girls Club helps expose them to different programs they’d not be exposed to any other way.
“It’s about helping them reach their potential.”
The day features an 50-yard dash for children 5 and younger, and a 1K fun run for children between ages 6 and 14, beginning at 8:45 a.m.
The 5K run/walk will follow at 9 a.m. The children’s event will take place inside the park, while the run/walk will start and finish in the park and run through Dover’s historic district.
Unlike the main event of the day, children may take part in the 50-yard dash and fun run free of charge. All of the kids who take part will receive medals; there will be awards for the top three finishers in several categories for those taking part in the 5K run/walk. Everyone taking part in the 5K event will receive a Tech moisture-wicking shirt.
There will be other things to do as well, including a moon bounce, rock wall climb and entertainment, Cohan said.
The DMV is co-sponsoring the event as part of its ongoing effort to educate the next generation about becoming more safety conscious, particularly when it comes to driving.
It’s “a wonderful opportunity for the DMV to show its community support as well as a way to provide valuable information and best practices to all those who attend,” she said.
Other co-sponsors include Comcast cable and Dave’s Bikes, which has provided a 2013 Mio Amore road bike, valued at $550, as a giveaway. Everyone who signs up for the event will be entered into a drawing for the bike.
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