YMCA hosts open house April 18
Doug Halberstadt, Sports Columnis
One of the crown jewels of the Rock River Valley is having an open house this Saturday, April 18. The Rockford YMCA at 200 Y Blvd. will be open to the community from 1 to 4 p.m.
The open house is in conjunction with their YMCA Healthy Kids Day. The day gets started with the Healthy Kids Day Fun Run for kids in kindergarten through sixth grade. Registration for the 1-mile walk/run begins at 11:30 a.m., and continues until 12:30 p.m. with the race beginning at 1 p.m.
The advance registration fee is $5 (prior to April 16) and $8 after the 16th. Advance registration can be done online at www.rockfordymca.org. Race day registration will be in the YMCA ID Pennock Branch in the Riverview Lobby. The first 250 registrants will receive a free T-shirt. All participants will be entered into a drawing for various prizes.
After the run, everyone is invited to enjoy special activities planned for Healthy Kids Day and all of the other amenities the YMCA has to offer. Kids are encouraged to get moving by playing in a special giant, inflatable obstacle course. There will be active games in the activity center. Hop Sports will be featured in the family center. Swimming, climbing and racquetball will also be available for public participation.
If you have never been to the YMCA before, or if it has been a while since youve been there, this Saturday would be your perfect opportunity to check it out again. Bring the entire family, and get everyone moving at the YMCA Healthy Kids Day.
from the April 15-21, 2009, issue
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