Young runners contribute to successful annual Fun Run

Kids Fun Run -- tots race
Nearly 1,000 participants crossed the finished line in the 2016 Kids Fun Run. With numbers down slightly from the previous year, this September’s race had 998 children ages 2 through 12 crossing the finish line.

The 2016 Kids Fun Run was held on Friday, September 23th in Mill Race Park the evening before the Mill Race Marathon.  The Kids Fun Run is sponsored by Healthy Communities and MainSource Bank.

The elementary school challenge awards a $500 Hoosier Sporting Goods gift certificate to the first place school and a $250 Hoosier Sporting Goods gift certificate for the second place school.  Winning schools are determined by the percentage of children crossing the finish line based upon current enrollment numbers. There are three divisions with the Elementary School challenge and they are: large school 500 or more students, medium school 300-499 students and small school 299 or less.  

A separate Preschool Challenge awards a $200 Hoosier Sporting Goods gift certificate to the first place school and a $100 Hoosier Sporting Goods gift certificate to the second place school.

The winning schools are:  

Large School
1st place – Parkside Elementary
2nd place- Southside Elementary

Medium School
1st place – CSA Fodrea
2nd place- St. Peter’s Lutheran

Small School
1st place – ABC Stewart
2nd place- St. Bartholomew

1st place- First Presbyterian Preschool
2nd place- Cummins Child Development Center

“We are so happy to see the support from the area schools and the parents who encourage their children to participate in our Fun Run.  Creating a positive and healthy foundation for these children will help them grow, learn and be the future generations who live and thrive in Columbus, IN,” said Tara Hagan, Kids Fun Run Coordinator from Healthy Communities. “I would also like to send a special shout out to CSA Fodrea for having 34 percent of their student body participating. That is quite an accomplishment!”

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