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Scott children get active with running contest

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jake Eckhardt
  • 375th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
Scott hosted the 9th Annual America Kids Run at the Youth Center Saturday to encourage children of military families to be more active.

"The Air Force wants to promote a healthy lifestyle," said Debbie Monfre, Youth Center sports administrator. "If you instill fitness into a child's life at a young age, it would be easier for them to maintain a healthy lifestyle."

The run started at the Youth Center, went around Patriots Landing then ended at the Youth Center. Children from the ages of 5 to 8 ran half a mile, 9 and 10 year olds ran a mile and 11 and up ran two laps around Patriots Landing.

"It's a good chance to meet the new people," she said. "We like to show the newcomers the kind of programs we offer. I also like seeing the same kids come back, and I love seeing the kids stay active."

Each year, the run has had in between 50 to 100 people participate.

"My boys always love to run in the event," said Amanda Carroll, mother of two participants. "It's also Armed Forces' Day, so it's a good way to celebrate."

Blue ribbons were awarded to the first five children to cross the finish line in each division. Each child also won participation ribbons.

"I like that my boys are excited to get active," Carol said. "They look forward to the run."

The race, which was originally called the Junior Bloomsday, started in Spokane, Wash., in 1986. The name was changed because of the publicity it was gaining across the country and was eventually used on military bases.

Military family members in the United States, Bahrain, Greece, Puerto Rico, Germany, Japan, Iceland, England, and Italy participate in the event.