Mile News

River Run breaks attendance record

October 06, 2013

Getting kids excited about running, getting kids involved in a community event, getting kids active

By Jana Peterson, Pine Journal

Practice makes perfect.

Cloquet River Run race director Yvette Maijala credits a practice Mile run/walk at Churchill School last Tuesday for spurring a greater number of children to run in Saturday’s Mile and 5K races.

“I think that run/walk earlier in the week really stoked the kids,” Maijala said. “A lot of them realized, ‘Hey, I can do this.’ We had an amazing turnout of younger kids.”

And that’s really what the Cloquet River Run is all about — the kids. Getting kids excited about running, getting kids involved in a community event, getting kids active and getting kids a better educational experience (70 percent of proceeds from the race go toward health-related equipment and programs and 30 percent goes toward technology purchases, such as mobile iPads).

Moms, dads and grandparents ran with each other and/or their children, friends ran together and coworkers raced on a morning that kept the rain at bay until every race was run, from the Mile to the 5K to the children’s races.

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