KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- Friday afternoon kicked off the Borgess Run for the Health of It and a weekend of activities, including the Kalamazoo Marathon.
It began with a mile run for about 2-thousand children.
Meijer Fun Run Race Director Janeen Docsa says they start with the older kids going off in a wave to keep them from trampling the younger ones.
She says it’s important that children get in the habit of regular exercise, especially now that childhood obesity is a growing problem.
After they held the Fun Run, they staged a Motivational Mile for recovering runners.
It is the 35th year for Borgess Run for the Health of it. Sunday’s marathon is a relatively new addition to the event.
The air was brisk and a light rain began to fall after the runners had begun the course around the Nazareth College Campus.
Saturday’s schedule includes an Expo for runners and for sponsors at Wing’s Stadium, where the 8-thosuand runners who are signed up to run in the various events this weekend will get registered.
The weather is expected to be dry for Sunday morning’s events, which also include a half-marathon, 10-k and 5-k runs, and a 5-k walk.
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