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  • What is Healthy Kids Running Series (aka “HKRS”)?

    The Healthy Kids Running Series was created by Jeff Long, Founder and President of Pattison Sports Group, to provide kids with a positive, educational, and fun experience in the world of running. To combat the increasing rates of child obesity in America, Jeff designed a running program that would motivate kids to be healthy and active as well as provide a fun environment to improve their self-esteem. Jeff believed the program would encourage kids to adopt a “Get Up and Go” attitude.

  • How Often Does HKRS Take Place?

    HKRS is a five-week program, which takes place in both the spring and the fall. Typically races are run on Sunday afternoons but vary location to location. Please refer to your town specific Location’s page for more details. Click here to see our listing of towns by state.

  • Where Does HKRS Take Place?

    HKRS takes place in over 200 locations across the country. To find a location by state listing or to search using your zip code click here. If there isn’t a location near you, but you are interested in starting a program in your own town, please call Tamara Virtue in our Race Development Department at (484) 352-2729 to get started!

  • How can I find the closest HKRS Program to where I live?

    To find a location by state listing or to search using your zip code on the locations page found on the main website.

  • When does Registration open?

    Registration typically opens 3 months in advance of the first planned race date each season. We typically run mid-April through mid-May with Registration opening January 1 for the spring. For the fall, registration typically opens the end of June for races running mid-September through mid-October.  

  • How much does it cost to run at HKRS?

    It’s $35 to register your child for HKRS each season. We do have single-race options available on-site the day of the race for $10. That said, to receive the HKRS shirt, participants must register for the five-week program at $35.

  • What is included in the registration?

    A Series registration ($35) includes all five races, one race each week, the HKRS T-Shirt, race bibs, a sponsor race bag, and a medal each participant will receive at the culmination of the five-week program. Top point scorers will receive a trophy based on point totals.

    Single Race registrants ($10) will receive only the number for the day they choose to participate.

  • Is there a family discount?


  • Can I cancel my child’s registration? Are there refunds?

    Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable.  If you have questions, please call our customer service line at (484) 352-2729.

  • Can my child register for a shorter or longer race than the grade/distance he/she is currently in?

    No. Participants are required to run with their classmates/grade level. This program was designed to introduce kids to running in a positive and fun way! It’s not about how far they can run, rather having fun while running. We think an important part of this is running with those friends/classmates in the same grade level.

  • What is Race Bag Pick-Up and is it Mandatory?

    Race Bag Pick-Up is a scheduled time prior to the race for parents/participants to pick up their race bag (courtesy of our sponsors), their race t-shirt and race numbers (bibs). It is not mandatory but is highly encouraged that you swing by to pick-up these essential items to alleviate long registration/check-in lines on race-day. Please check your location’s website periodically leading up to the first race for the Race Bag Pick-Up time and location.

  • Can you still run if you can’t attend Race Bag Pick-Up?

    Yes. Please arrive 30+ minutes early on the first day to check in at the registration table to receive your race bag, race t-shirt and race numbers.

  • What time do we need to show up to the first race?

    If you have not attended Race Bag Pick-Up, please arrive 30+ minutes early. If you’ve already attended Race Bag Pick-Up and already have your t-shirt, race numbers and race bag, please arrive 15 minutes early. You will not need to check in again the day of.

  • What do we need to bring to HKRS?

    Items to bring to HKRS or how to show up prepared:

    • Write your Child(s) name on the tear-off portion of his/her race number and pin it to the front of their shirt. It’s important not to tear this piece off as that is how we keep times/results. We will tear this portion off at the finish line.
    • Pin the race bib on the front of your child’s shirt.
    • Water bottle.
    • Running Shoes
    • Appropriate clothes for the weather. We do run rain or shine!
    • A positive attitude!
  • Does HKRS Run Rain or Shine?

    Yes. Unless it’s thundering and lightning or other severe weather is occurring, we will generally run rain or shine. The decision to cancel or postpone is made by each town’s Community Coordinator with the support of HKRS Headquarters.

  • How we will find out of HKRS is cancelled or postponed?

    Please check your specific location’s page on our website to subscribe to our RainedOut Text Alert system, or check your email leading up to the race for an email from your Community Coordinator.

  • Is HKRS a non-profit?

    Yes. HKRS is a 501(c)(3) non-profit non-stock corporation since January 17, 2012. Founded in the fall of 2009, HKRS originally operated as a part of Pattison Sports Group, Philadelphia’s premier sports marketing firm specializing in corporate sponsorship sales, consulting and event management. Since becoming a 501(c)(3) in 2012, HKRS operates separately from Pattison Sports Group but continues to be managed by the same leadership team.

  • What does my Race entry fee cover and who does it benefit?

    Race entry fees cover a number of different expenses including race shirts, medals, trophies, bibs, and other race-day supplies as well as general operating expenses and Community Coordinator wages. 100% of HKRS profits are then invested back into the program so we can continue to provide a positive youth running experience!

  • How can I start a HKRS program in my town?

    Thanks for your interest in starting a HKRS program in your town! For more information please visit our Start a Race page! If you would like to speak with a start a race customer service representative about the next steps please fill out the free application! Our deadlines for adding a new town in the spring of each year is December 1st and in the fall June 1st. We look forward to speaking with you!

  • Do all participants receive a HKRS t-shirt?

    No. Only participants who register for the five-week program receive a shirt. Those registering for the single-day race do not receive a t-shirt.

  • How can I volunteer?

    We are always looking for volunteers to lead stretching, help with registration/check-in and marshal the course. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact your local Community Coordinator whose contact information is available on the location’s specific page or fill out the Volunteer Form on our main website.

  • How do I or my business become a HKRS Partner?

    Becoming a partner of HKRS offers businesses both large and small a unique opportunity to reach parents and families on a personal level. Our partners have success assimilating their brand into our communities, developing personal relationships with our families and driving business back to their storefronts; all while positively changing the communities in which we live.

    To learn more about our program and how to become a sponsor please visit our Sponsor Page on the main website!

  • Where can I see my child’s race results?

    Results are posted weekly under the Results tab at the top of the website. Roll over the ‘Results’ link and click the season you’re looking for in the drop-down menu; then select the town of your choice.

  • My business is interested in selling our services or products to HKRS. Who can I contact about becoming a product vendor?
  • How can I follow HKRS on Social Media?
  • Is there training involved?

    No. HKRS does not offer a training program, but rather a five-week race series. The Community Coordinator and our volunteers will encourage kids to pace themselves and improve their times, but there are no practices at HKRS. Each race is its own learning experience!