PLATTSBURGH - The Clinton County Youth Bureau's Spring Fun Run Series is in full swing.
The four-week series began April 16 with an enthusiastic group of 40 runners making their way to the Terry Gordon Memorial Bike Path, according to Clinton County Youth Bureau representative Molly Flynn.
The Spring Fun Run is part of a year-long series, with fall runs at Cumberland Head, explained Flynn, and is a free, family event open to ages 4 through 13, with age specific runs.
Children 6 and younger run the quarter-mile, those 7 to 10 run the half-mile, and those 11 and older are encouraged to run the full mile. Flynn noted parents are welcome to participate along with their children.
"It really is one of my favorite events" Flynn said. "It's a family event, so typically some of the younger kids don't want to run - so their parents can run with them."
The event is designed to encourage self-esteem cultivation and healthy habits in children.
"Kids make associations. They think 'everybody cheers for me when I run,'" Flynn said. "Children notice that exercise makes them feel good and it's something that they tend to want to do again."
Events like this are important for the community, Flynn said.
"We're always looking to offer free programming in a variety of ways, we try and make sure that every kid has a chance to participate," she said. "It's not necessarily a competition, we do time the children, and put some of them in the paper, which they get excited about."
Children receive snacks and ribbons at the conclusion of the event, though Flynn stressed the all-inclusive nature of the event.
"It's free - all the parents have to do is get them there, and we do the rest," she said.
Registration for participants begins at 9:45 a.m. each Saturday through May 7. Stretching and running tips are given before the start of the runs, which begin at 10 a.m.