Fredericksburg Parent

April 2015

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18 Fredericksburg Parent and Family • April 2015 W ith warm weather comes outdoor activi- ties, and many families will have the opportunity to run together this summer. Running has become a family affair; it not only promotes a healthy lifestyle, but it provides adults and young children with an outlet and encourages confidence. Organizations such as Fredericksburg Area Running Club (FARC) and Virginia Runner, and events, like The Downtown Mile, Semper Fred and The Great Train Race, are making it possible for families to race together. The Great Train Race, a one-miler and one of the few races specifically geared towards children and their families, fielded 1,200 runners last year. This year's race will be held on May 3rd. "We try to encourage running from a young age," Jennifer Taylor, one of the race directors, said. "People bring signs and cowbells to cheer the runners on." The Great Train Race is designed for ages 6 to 18; however, Taylor spoke about two additional races designed for children who don't feel comfortable run- ning one mile. "We have the half-mile George Dashington and the quarter-mile Caboose Run for the younger kids who are just starting out." The George Dashington is geared towards 7- to 12-year-olds while the Caboose Run is for children ages 5 and under. Area races building a fun, family atmosphere BY ALEX GRYDER Off and Running The Great Train Race May 3 Semper Fred 5K May 17 The Downtown Mile July 18 $ 99 $ 99 $ 99 INTRODUCTORY 1-HOUR MASSAGE SESSION ENHANCED BY Sugar Foot Scrub Therapy * INTRODUCTORY 1-HOUR MASSAGE SESSION ENHANCED BY Deep Muscle Therapy * INTRODUCTORY 1-HOUR MASSAGE SESSION ENHANCED BY AromaTherapy * Featuring BioFreeze ® & Prossage ® 59 59 61 WE'VE ENHANCED YOUR MASSAGE! 8014730.INDD

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