Kids Run celebrates 26 years of healthy activity

The Independent Health Foundation’s Kids Run celebrates 26 years of healthy activity for the whole family

BUFFALO, N.Y. (May 13, 2014) – In keeping with its mission to promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in the community, the Independent Health Foundation is encouraging children and families to register for this year’s 26th Annual Kids Run at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 7, in Delaware Park near the Zoofari Courtyard of the Buffalo Zoo.

The free event, which is presented by Wegmans, includes a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8 mile run/walk for all ages. In addition to registering as a team, participants can create custom shirts and purchase custom road signs to cheer on a team/runner.

Trophies are awarded to the top three boys and girls in a variety of age categories and each participant receives a medal at the finish line, while supplies last. After the race, all participants can enjoy the Buffalo Zoo with $2 (cash-only) admission per person. Limited, free parking is also available at the Buffalo Zoo.

“Twenty-six years after Kids Run started, it’s amazing to see the event continue to grow to where we have thousands of kids and their families out here each year participating in a healthy, fun activity,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director, Independent Health Foundation. “We encourage everyone to join us and use this opportunity to get and stay fit as a family and continue healthy activities all year-round.”

To register online or download an entry form, please visit Entry forms are also available at all area Wegmans stores. Completed registration forms should be postmarked or submitted online by May 21 in order to receive official race numbers and timing chip. Walk-up registration is welcome and open from 9 to 9:30 a.m. at the event.

For more information on how you, your family, organization or school can participate in Kids Run, call the Foundation at (716) 635-4959. Kids Run is presented by Wegmans and sponsored by Independent Health Foundation and Channel 7.

Established in 1992, the Independent Health Foundation works to improve the health and well-being of Western New York residents through awareness, prevention and education programs focused on community health priorities. For more information on the Foundation’s activities, visit