Belton: Virtual running program keeps kids active

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BELTON, Texas (KWTX) It is a national program that made it's way Belton, Texas in 2017. The Healthy Kids Running Series provides a five week running program twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring.

The program is for ages 2-14. At age 2, the challenge is a 50 yard dash.

"It's one of my favorite divisions to watch, just because they're so little. They'll start out a little hesitant and then they'll really be able to gain confidence and separate from their parents and be able to cross the finish line on their own," said Tanya Taylor, the community coordinator in Belton.

Taylor usually overseas races every Sunday with kids in the program, but right now the series is virtual. Kids run throughout the week and record their times online with the help of their parents.

"It's inspiring to see that parents, even though their daily routine is off right now, that they're still committed to getting out there and get active and setting that example," said Taylor.

The runners are starting their third week in the program, there's two more to go, and so far it's been a success.

"I'm so encouraged and thankful that this program does exist because it allows them to have some continuity to go ahead and continue competing and setting goals," added Taylor.

It's not too late to join, and you don't have to live in Belton.
They are accepting new runners online at https://healthykidsrunningseries.org/