Armed Forces Kids Run

Runners competing in the 4 - 6 year old age division leave the starting line of the annual Armed Forces Kids Run half-mile race at Pullen Track. This year's event is May 18, starting at 9 a.m.

Fort Belvoir’s MWR and Child and Youth Services will host the 15th annual Armed Forces Kids Run May 18, starting at 9 a.m. at Pullen Track. Participants should arrive at Pullen no later than 8:15 a.m. to pick up a running number and shirt, as well as to pay the $6 registration fee. 

Military-dependent children will compete in a variety of distance runs in different age groups to celebrate Armed Forces Day, the annual holiday established by President Harry S. Truman in 1949 for U.S. citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country, according to the Department of Defense. 

Jerry Arrington, CYS sports and fitness director, said the Armed Forces Kids Run is a popular event aimed at getting more children actively involved in competition and to provide an alternative athletic activity for youth who choose not to participate in the installation’s organized team sports. 

“We’ve been doing this for the last 15 years. It’s one of the fitness programs we have to try to get kids involved in running,” he said. “Not all kids play team or individual sports. This is an opportunity for those kids who are not comfortable with playing on a team. This event is in May every year to celebrate Armed Forces Day and it’s just for kids to have a chance to get out, run and enjoy themselves.” 

The Armed Forces Kids Run is open to children ages 4-13 and the individual distance runs are geared towards three separate levels of athletic development. 

“We have the 4 to 6-year-old run, which is twice around the track, or a half mile. Then we have the 7 to 8-year-old race, which covers one mile. The 2-mile run is for the 9 to 13 year old age group,” Arrington said. 

In keeping with the family-centered tradition of the Armed Forces Kids Run, many moms and dads join their children in participating in the races as well. 

For more information about the Armed Forces Kids Run call Julie Libert, CYS sports and fitness assistant director, at 703-805-9138 or visit categories/cys-services.