MUD, SWEAT AND CHEERS!
On Sunday, June 9th I volunteered at the FirstOntario Kids 1K Ultimate Challenge. I thought this was an amazing event for the kids of Niagara especially since my platform is to promote health and physical activity for children! The event was located at Burgoyne Woods, in St. Catharines. It went from 10:30am to 2:30pm and it included the obstacle experience, lunch, raffle tickets, access to the Kids Zone and a gift! It was a fun filled day with over 250 kids. Children aged 4 – 14 experienced a 1K obstacle course full of challenges and surprises, designed to test each child’s level of endurance, stamina, strength and agility while encouraging teamwork and community spirit! And children who did not fall within the age category of 4-14 could still come out and enjoy the day!
The sponsor of this event just so happen to be where my mom works; First Ontario Credit Union. My mom and I both volunteered together and our job was to help kids at the obstacle course. We were assigned the first obstacle of the course which was where the kids ran through big tires. We cheered the kids on, made sure they didn’t fall, helped them up when they did fall, and picked up their shoe when they lost it in the tire. I really enjoyed volunteering and watching the kids have an absolute BLAST! Another reason I loved this event was because there are so many races/obstacle courses out there nowadays for teens and adults such as Tough Mudder, The O Course, Spartan Race, etc. but none for kids! As somebody who has completed the Tough Mudder course before (last year), when I saw the kids running the
FirstOntario Kids Ultimate Challenge it seemed exactly like I was at a Tough Mudder race. It was so much fun to see the kids stretching at the starting line, having fun with friends and family but also having this slight competitive spirit. The parents were running along side the younger kids the whole way and the other parents cheering everyone on at the sideline! It makes me happy to know that our community is engaging kids into more and more physical activity.
FirstOntario chose to partner with the St. Catharines General Hosipital
Foundation in support of the Children’s Health Unit which supports children up to age 18 in all of Niagara. Proceeds from this event went to the Children’s Health Unit and participants were encouraged to collect pledges for this great cause! Their hard work supported equipment purchases for the benefit of children their age.
To watch a video of the event, click here.