By Justin Hirai, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam joined military bases worldwide on May 17 in the America’s Armed Forces Kids Run.
MWR Youth Sports facilitated the run at Ward Field with 280 kids, ages 5 through 13 participating. Kids ages 5 and 6 ran a half-mile, 7- and 8-year-olds ran one mile, and 9-through 13-year-olds ran two miles. A quarter-mile course was set up around the field by the youth sports staff.
The kids run was set up to promote health and fitness around the base. Youth are encouraged to run for personal goals rather than race one another. A timer was set up at the finish line so kids could check their times and challenge themselves to run their fastest half-mile, mile or two miles.
Parents were involved by cheering and some even ran next to their children for support. James Cosper, youth sports and fitness director, emceed the event and provided encouraging words throughout the run.
“These events promote healthy habits, fitness and fun on base. They encourage parents and kids to come out and get involved with healthy activities,” Cosper said.
As the kids finished the run, they were greeted with high-fives and hugs from their parents, families and friends. Bottled water, oranges and bananas were provided as healthy snacks.
Participants also received an America’s Armed Forces Kid’s Run 2014 T-shirt as a souvenir and reminder of their accomplishments.