Healthy Kids Running Series
Binghamton, New York 
Otsiningo Park, Broome County Parks 
Week 2 

Under the springtime Clouds of Binghamton, New York, the Healthy Kids Running Series (HKRS) unfolded its second week of races, a vibrant testament to the vitality of youth fitness. From toddlers to middle schoolers, participants and their families convened to celebrate health, camaraderie, and inclusion in this remarkable event.

The day commenced with the heartwarming sight of 2-3 year olds sprinting joyfully across a 50-yard stretch, their energy infectious and spirits high. Following them, 4-5 year olds eagerly dashed in a 75-yard sprint, their determination evident in each stride, regardless of gender.

Kindergarten and 1st-grade students embraced the challenge of a quarter-mile run (also known as the 400m), showcasing their emerging endurance and tenacity. Meanwhile, the 2nd and 3rd graders tackled the 800m (half-mile) run with gusto, embodying the essence of youthful vitality.

However, amidst the cheers and excitement, the true essence of the day lay in its inclusivity and support. The Challenger Division, a cornerstone of the Healthy Kids Running Series, provided a platform for children with disabilities and special needs to shine. Surrounded by a supportive community of volunteers, parents, and friends, participants embarked on a 75-yard adaptive race, each step a testament to their resilience and determination. From physical disabilities to developmental challenges to sensory impairments, every child found encouragement and empowerment on the track.

Central to the success of the HKRS are the dedicated volunteers who selflessly contribute their time and energy each week, positively influencing the children of our community. Led by Community Coordinator Kristy Dougherty, these volunteers embody the spirit of service and play a vital role in creating a nurturing environment for young runners to thrive.

None of this would be possible without the generous support of sponsors such as Visions Federal Credit Union, Wood Ravine Farm, UHS of Binghamton, Raymond Corporation, The Noah Farrelly Memorial Fund, Confluence Running, Dick's Sporting Goods, Christine Marchuska, and Emilie Chang-Jackson, whose contributions help bring the vision of the HKRS to life.

Beyond the races, the HKRS community thrives on shared experiences and camaraderie. Families are encouraged to share their running photos on social media platforms like Facebook and Instagram, using the hashtags #GetUpandGo and tagging Healthy Kids Running Series.

As the echoes of laughter and cheers faded with the conclusion of week 2 races, Binghamton stood as a beacon of youth fitness and community spirit. The Healthy Kids Running Series isn't just about crossing finish lines; it's about fostering a love for fitness, building confidence, and creating memories that last a lifetime. In Binghamton, and in communities across the globe, the spirit of youth fitness continues to flourish, thanks to the dedication of volunteers, the support of sponsors, and the boundless enthusiasm of young runners.