Thousands Expected to Take Part in This Years Kids Run

BUFFALO, NY, April 28, 2017 – In keeping with its mission to promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in the community, the Independent Health Foundation encourages all children and families to register for this year’s Kids Run, which will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, June 3, in Delaware Park near the corner of Colvin Blvd. and Amherst St.

The 29th annual free event will include a mini-dash for children ages 2 to 5 and a 1.8-mile family run/walk for all ages. Trophies will be awarded to the top three boys and girls in a variety of age categories, and each child who participates will receive a medal at the finish line (while supplies last).

“We expect thousands of Western New Yorkers to once again descend on Delaware Park and enjoy a day of family fun and healthy activity at this year’s Kids Run,” said Carrie Meyer, executive director, Independent Health Foundation. “Everyone is invited to gather their friends and family and register as a team. Participants can even get in the team spirit by ordering matching shirts or purchasing personalized road signs to show their support for a particular team or runner.”

Nickel City Reptiles and Exotics, Movin’ & Groovin’ with Tracy, Buffalo Soccer Club and several health and wellness vendors will be on hand to provide fun activities before the event. Immediately following the race, all participants will be able to enjoy the Buffalo Zoo at a discounted price of $2 per person (children ages 23 months and under are free). Limited, free parking will also be available in the Zoo parking lot and surrounding streets.

Registration is now open!
Registration for Kids Run is limited to the first 5,000 participants and is open through May 18 or until capacity is reached. All registered participants will receive an official race number (race packets will be mailed in advance). In addition, competitive runners, ages 6 to 18, will receive a timing chip to get their personal race results. To register online, visit

This year's Kids Run is made possible by Wegmans and is sponsored by Lamar Advertising.