Mamatoga Loves: Cantina Kids Fun Run

Part of the reason why I love Saratoga Springs so much is that there are so many opportunities to get outside and get active, as well as so many opportunities to help support some great local causes and organizations. In just a month you can do both of those things, AND do it as a family at the Fifth Annual Cantina Kids Fun Run. On Sunday, June 3rd you can come down to the Cantina parking lot (registration begins at 8am and the race starts at 9am) and kids up to age 12 can choose between the 1/4 course or the 1 mile course. Plus you can run as a family, put the little ones in a stroller and do it together! The best part about all of it though? The money raised goes to benefit Pediatric Emergency Services at Saratoga Hospital. Jeff and Heath Ames, the owners of Cantina, know just how indispensable a great Emergency Department is in our community. Their daughter Tessa was born with a rare neurological disease which causes prolonged seizures that are often life threatening, and they have made numerous visits to the Emergency Department at Saratoga Hospital. Over the past four years Cantina has raised over $94,000 for emergency services at the hospital. This year, let's all help them out again to raise even more funds for something so important and vital to all of the families in this community.

You can register now for the Fun Run here, and pre-registered kids will get a free t-shirt and water bottle! Pre-registration on or before May 25th is $12 per runner or $15 after that date or on race day. Star 101.3 FM is going to be on site with Twinkle the Bear, a bouncy house, face painting and healthy snacks in the Cantina parking lot. Also, ALL runners up to age 12 get a medal! Plus the top 3 boys and top 3 girls from each course will receive their very own trophies.

Kids can get in on the fun starting now though with the Fun Run Art Contest! Kindergarteners on up to fifth graders can submit a drawing of either Twinkle the Bear, the Star 101.3 FM mascot, "Helping a Friend in Need" or "Running in the Cantina Kids Fun Run". Prizes will be awarded to the top three drawings in three different age groups:

  • Kindergarten and 1st grade
  • 2nd and 3rd grade
  • 4th and 5th grade

The winning entries will be announced at the Cantina Kids Fun Run on June 3rd and will be on display at the Community Room at the McDonald's on Broadway from June 1st-10th. To enter, simply send your drawing to:

Star 101.3 FM, Cantina Kids Fun Run Art Contest, 100 Saratoga Village Blvd, Suite 21 Malta, NY 12020

Entries must be on 8 1/2 x 11 paper and kids can use crayons, markers, paint, pen or pencil.

Another great way to get involved? Volunteer! It couldn't be easier to help out at this fantastic community event. They are looking for volunteers to work as Route Spotters, your job would be to stand along the race route and keep the children on the track. The kids will absolutely love to have you cheer and clap LOUDLY as they run by! You can also help out by holding one of the sponsor signs along the route as well. This is such an easy "done in a day" way to volunteer, check-in time is 8:00 a.m. for volunteers, the race begins at 9:00 a.m. and they would need you until about 10:00 a.m. If you're interested, contact Rachel at 518-583-8779 or rwheatley@saratogacare.org by May 25th to sign up.

I'll be there with the whole family on June 3rd, it's such a great opportunity to have some family fun, get some good exercise, and help raise money for an important cause. So go register now and I will see you there!