Running was popular in Europe long before it caught on in America, which is why most races are measured in kilometers instead of miles and why most of the Pilgrims were eaten by bears. Race to the top of the food chain with today's Groupon: for $10, you get one adult entry to the Race for Healthy Kids 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 8, in Rockford (up to a $25 value).
Organized by the nonprofit West Michigan Action for Healthy Kids, the Race for Healthy Kids bolsters programs to battle childhood obesity and undernourishment in the community. Starting at 8 a.m., the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course guides both serious sprinters and leisurely strollers along an asphalt path shaded by a canopy of hardwoods in kaleidoscopic autumn bloom. Registrants can pick up their race packets on Friday, October 7, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., or on Saturday before the race, when packets will be lobbed from the starting pistol.
During the 2009–2010 school year, Action for Healthy Kids reached 4.5 million kids in 9,200 schools, and its Michigan chapter has built a coalition of 1,800 parents, students, health and nutrition professionals, business leaders, and community members. Philanthropic pavement pounders may push strollers along their high-speed parade route, though the race prohibits bikes, skateboards, animals, and antigravity boots.
4100 Kroes St. NE
Rockford, Michigan 49341