, Muskogee, OK

August 29, 2013

Running program helps youth

— Any program designed to help our children deserves praise.

Any program that can combine quality mentorship and an emphasis on a healthy lifestyle earns particular approval.

The Run for Pride program originally was designed to work with children who were in the juvenile court system.

Children run with mentors three times per week and run in area 5Ks and one 15K during a 14-week season.

The program has been expanded to include any child age 13 to 18.

The program doesn’t cost anything. A good pair of running shoes, T-shirt and shorts are provided.

All children need quality mentorship throughout their lives.

Run for Pride allows children to see there are adults who care about them outside of the home.

That would only reinforce any quality lessons being taught at home.

And it does it in a healthy environment.

Learning to run promotes good heart health. It can be a lifelong pursuit.

Children will be able to see progress in their health. They will be able to see how hard work leads to positive results — such as lower race times.

Run for Pride can be a positive influence on our children.

We encourage children to sign up and adults to join as mentors.

If you go

WHAT: Run for Pride sign-ups.

WHEN: 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday.

WHERE: Arrowhead Mall.

ETC.: Applications for Run for Pride are also available at the Nonprofit Resource Center up to season start Sept. 14.

INFO: Coordinator Greg Lee, (918) 441-7318 or Constanze Bever, (918) 816-9004.