GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The playground is a meeting place for kids of all ages in elementary school.  It can also be a place where kids can get led off the beaten path.  For example, Samantha Mondry was getting into trouble a lot until she joined the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club.  The club helped Samantha gain a love for running and she took that passion to the collegiate level, running for Oakland University. 

The club is made possible by The Amway River Bank Run in partnership with Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.  The organizations also worked with Craig’s Cruisers, Ice Mountain, Meijer, Milk Means More, RxOptical and Maranda.  They are giving 15,000 elementary students at schools in West Michigan the chance to participate in the Feelin’ Good Mileage Club for free.  You can learn more information about the club here.    

The Feelin’ Good Mileage Club is free and the impact that it has on kids to be healthier is life-changing.  Schools receive colored shoelaces, backpack chains, charms and other fun incentives to get future leaders running. 

Another fun event that children can participate in is the Amway Junior presented by Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, which takes place on May 10.  Kids will have the option to participate in the ½ mile to 1-mile run and will get a T-shirt and a medal for participating. There will be refreshments and mascots there — even Cruiser from Craig’s Cruisers will make an appearance.  There also will be a free family-fun area that will have inflatables, games, face painting and more.  You can learn more about the Amway Junior here.

We cannot forget about the Amway River Bank Run taking place on May 12. There is still time for you to get involved.  Whether you want to run, walk or volunteer. There is something for everyone as the community gets together to support one another.  You can register for the River Bank Run here.     

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