Approximately 600 children, who've outgrown the Freihofer's Kids' Mile run but aren't quite ready for the full 5K, will run in the first Freihofer's Junior 3K Run on June 4th. The pilot program will debut this year and will not be open to the general public.
The Freihofer's Junior 3K Run will be a competitive, timed road race open to girls and boys between the ages of nine and 13. The race will use the same start and finish line as the 5K but will have a shorter course than that event, covering 1.86 miles rather than 3.1. The 3K will begin at 11 a.m.
For 2011, participants will come from Just Run Albany, a program in 12 area schools run by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club, and from schools that use the Freihofer's Run for Women's official Kids' Run training program. According to race director Paul Turner, having participants come from the established programs will help ensure that the children are properly trained. "We've seen in the 5K that many of our younger entrants get to 800m and then lose steam," Turner said. "By requiring entrants to be properly trained, kids won't get in over their heads. They will be aware of the appropriate pacing and we'll eliminate any safety concerns."
For more information about the Junior 3K Run, visit the Freihofer's Run for Women web site.