Register now for Niswonger Children’s Hospital Kids’ Run on Sept. 20

8/26/2014


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – In an effort to promote family fitness and get kids moving, Niswonger Children’s Hospital and the Quillen College of Medicine Department of Pediatrics is hosting the Kids’ Run and Walk ‘n’ Roll on Saturday, Sept. 20, and encouraging kids to start walking and running now to be able to complete a “mini-half marathon” on race day. Those who register by August 30 are guaranteed a runner’s bib, Kids’ Run t-shirt and participation medal, but online registration will be open until September 19.

In the weeks leading up to the Kids’ Run, participants are asked to complete and record 12 miles of running, jogging, walking or strolling. On race day they will run the final 1.1 mile to complete a “mini-half marathon.”  The event is designed for children ages 5 through 12; younger children and their parents can participate in the family-friendly Walk ‘n’ Roll event. Schools can compete for community grants, which will be awarded by Niswonger Children’s Hospital to the schools with the greatest percentage of student participation. Last year’s winners included St. Mary’s School, Cherokee Elementary and Fairmont Elementary.

The fee is $5 per child to register online or $6 cash or check. To register for the event, print out a mileage log or to learn more about the community grants go to www.msha.com/kidsrun.

Check-in on race day is 10 a.m. at ETSU’s Thomas Field at 1118 University Parkway, near the corner of West State of Franklin Road and University Parkway. After the run families can enjoy an end-of-run celebration that includes inflatables, a scavenger hunt and other activities. Other supporters of Kids’ Run activities include Wallabies, Grand Slam Inflatables and ReadNPlay.

Also at the event, associates from local Kohl’s stores will be announcing their annual donation to Niswonger Children’s Hospital. This year, Kohl’s will donate $63,849 to support the Kohl’s Morning Mile, a daily before-school running program.

Kohl’s Morning Mile will be offered to 20 schools this year. Schools that have joined the Kohl’s Morning Mile program so far include Tusculum View Elementary and Highland Elementary in Greeneville, as well as John Adams Elementary, Thomas Jefferson Elementary and John F. Kennedy Elementary in Kingsport. Openings for additional schools are available. For more information on the Kohl’s Morning Mile program, visit www.kohlsmorningmile.com.

 About Niswonger Children’s Hospital

Located in Johnson City, Tennessee, Niswonger serves more than 200,000 children in a four-state, 29-county region. The 69-bed children's hospital is staffed by pediatric experts who know, love and care about children and their families.  The goal of Niswonger Children's Hospital is to provide safe and child-friendly care that is centered on the patient and family. Additional information can be found at: www.msha.com/children

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About Kohl’s

Kohl’s (NYSE: KSS) is a leading specialty department store with 1,160 stores in 49 states. With a commitment to inspiring and empowering families to lead fulfilled lives, the company offers amazing national and exclusive brands, incredible savings and inspiring shopping experiences in-store, online at Kohls.com and via mobile devices. Committed to our communities, Kohl’s has raised more than $257 million for children’s initiatives nationwide through its Kohl’s Cares® cause merchandise program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For additional information about Kohl’s philanthropic and environmental initiatives, visit www.Kohls.com/Cares. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.Kohls.com.

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