Posted on February 19th, 2012 2 comments
We welcome our very first guest blogger, Kevin Adcock. Kevin is the Director of Run Buddies, a chapter of Louie’s Kids. Run Buddies is an athletic mentorship program that matches adult running and walking mentors with aspiring youth at risk for childhood obesity. Kevin is also the director of the Cooper River Bridge Run Kid’s Expo.
I started volunteering for the Bridge Run Kids’ Expo eight years ago, working to create a safe, inviting, and community-enriching event that would keep kids and parents talking and coming back year after year. The Kids’ Run makes the Lowcountry a better place. Giving the younger, and in some cases impoverished, kids of Charleston a place to come and participate in an athletic event that caters specifically to them is satisfying beyond measure.
This year the Kids’ Expo and Run is on Friday, March 30 at Hampton Park. For those that avoid downtown because of the traffic at packet pick-up, keep in mind that the Kids’ Run is completely removed from packet pick-up. This event is free for the participants unless you choose to purchase a t-shirt for your child. Registration information is on the Bridge Run website. (The Kids Run information is at the bottom of the page.)
2012 will take on an even more significant meaning for me as Run Buddies will be tasked with providing much of the volunteer staffing for the Kids’ Run. Run Buddies has been a big part of my life since I started working with the organization in early 2010 to help fight Childhood Obesity, “One step at a time”. The latest initiative has been to create running clubs for elementary and middle school kids in order to introduce them to the sport of running and to instill in them the pride of achieving goals and reaching heights (literally) that they never imagined they could reach. The Kids’ Run is a stepping stone for kids like these.
We will be taking the runners who complete our syllabus over the “Big Bridge” on Saturday following the Kids’ Run. We will be the ones with Miss South Carolina, Bree Boyce, and some of the stars from the reality show, The Biggest Loser. Come say “Hi” if you see us.
We’ll see you on March 30 at the Kids’ Bridge Run Expo and on March 31 on the Bridge!
Please tell your neighbors, your friends, your friends’ neighbors, and your neighbors’ friends.
In order to find out more about Run Buddies, please visit us at RunBuddies.org.
Check out Run Buddies and the Kids’ Expo on Facebook
To see a very special glimpse into last year’s event courtesy of our friends at the Post and Courier…
From the smiling faces, to the competitive races, to the prized medals, it is very special. The Kids’ Run is not a windfall profit maker for the folks that work it, but they come again and again because they believe in the mission and the value of such an event. For many kids, this is their first glimpse into the world of organized running. More than just exercise, it’s a social event. It’s fun. That is a fantastic connection to make.
In the coming weeks, Coach Noah Moore will share some of his insights about running with your kids and ways to encourage them to be physically active.