Kids Fitness isn’t your basic “run kids around a get them tired” type thing (although that does happen)- but instead we focus on 5 areas
1) Charity– the first thing they do each class is spend 15-20 minutes running for to help a child with a disability. I can’t even begin to tell you how inspiring it is to watch these kids give their all in hopes that they can help someone they don’t even know. It is a beautiful thing. There is more that goes into this, but I don’t have space enough to tell you all about it right now.
2) Fitness– The next thing we do each class is spend some time “exercising”. We do yoga, core work, cardio drills and so much more. We make it fun by using a SHINE FITNESS deck of cards and they never know what they are gonna get. My hope will all of this is not only to get them moving, but I really focus on teaching them proper technique and form. It’s fun to watch what they think a push up looks like.
3) Nutrition/Healthy Habits– This 3rd part of the class is specifically designed and planned to help teach these kids about good nutrition and healthy habits. The kids sit down to drink some water and eat some fruit and we spend that time discussing various topics of what it means to be healthy. Everything from getting enough sleep, to eating breakfast, to being kind, to making good choices. These kids learn so much and hopefully will stick with them throughout their lives.
4) Fun– The last 20 minutes or so of class time is used to play a game. These games are intended to get the kids moving, practicing skills, learning teamwork and what the best part is…having FUN! I want these kids to learn that exercise/movement of any kind is valuable and it doesn’t have to be miserable. They soon discover that fitness can be FUN and it comes in all kinds of activities. The sooner these kids get a grip on this- the more likely they are to stay fit.
5) BE THE CHANGE– Lastly- the motto at Kids Fitness this year is BE the CHANGE. At the end of class we all huddle up, put our hands together and do a big cheer of BE the CHANGE!!! The kids will soon discover what I mean by that statement. Many ways to interpret that, but I want the kids to know that each day they will have opportunities to literally BE the CHANGE of how to think, feel and behave… in essence to SHINE.
The YMCA Harrison Classic is a one mile race for kids 13 and under of all abilities. Participation is the goal of this race; everyone who participates is a winner, regardless of how they finish. Held on Boise’s historic Harrison Boulevard.
IDEAL Idaho College Saving Program Scholarships:
Perspective Wealth Partners will offer one IDEAL scholarship in the amount of $500 for each age group. One entry will be drawn from each age group and winners will be announced at the Harrison Classic Starting Line. Thank you Perspective Wealth Partners! Please click here for the official contest rules.
Early Packet Pick Up: Fri, Oct 12 4-6pm at the Pursuit at Bogus Basin (2590 N Bogus Basin Rd) – pick up your bib number and t-shirt early and avoid the line on Sunday afternoon.
Packet Pick Up: Sun, Oct 14, t-shirts and race numbers will be available starting at 1pm at the starting line at McAuley Park. (1655 N Resseguie St, Boise)
9yrs olds 3:10pm
8yrs old 3:15pm
7yrs old 3:20pm
6yrs old 3:25pm
5yrs old 3:30pm
4 and under 3:35pm
Saturday, October 26th, 2019
Do you have kids that need to burn off all of that extra energy? We have the perfect event for you! This is a great start to a weekend filled with fun activities. The Kid’s Race will take place on October 27th at Payette Brewing at 3pm. Make sure you get them to wear their Wizard of Oz-inspired costumes!
FREE for kids with disabilities - Text Jennifer for CODE 208 602 1810
$10 per entry, includes finisher medal & t-shirt
Starts and finishes at Payette Brewing at 733 S Pioneer St at 3:00pm
Kids should wear their costumes!
Race is open to all children 2-12 years old
Course lengths: 1/4 mile for 2-4 yo; 1/2 5-8; 1 mile 9-12 yo.
Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 10am
We are excited to announce that Saint Alphonsus and the Treasure Valley YMCA will continue to partner in the execution and advancement of this beloved event. Our organizations are closely aligned in our missions and we are eager to work together to improve the health of our community - especially our youth!
The Saint Alphonsus Capitol Classic Race is open to kids ages 6 to 14, of ALL abilities. The one-mile course starts at the Historic Boise Train Depot and ends at the State Capitol with a Finish Fair in Cecil D. Andrus Park (formerly Capitol Park.) Everyone is a winner and receives an Olympic-style medal, T-shirt and complimentary refreshments. Proceeds from the Classic will benefit the YMCA's Safe Routes to School program.
Famous Idaho Potato 5K
Saturday, May 18, 2019
FREE ENTRY for Challenged Athletes. Text Jennifer at IncludeAbility for the code: 208 602 1810
Boise High Athletes will be there to support any challenge athlete needing a push, support or encouragement on the course.
The YMCA Famous Idaho Potato 5k, presented by the Idaho Potato Commission, 5K course along the Boise, Idaho greenbelt. Course is flat and fast!
Enjoy a Famous Idaho Potato Bar with all the fix’ns after the race prepared by Life’s Kitchen for all race participants.
Start Time & Location:
10K & 5K – 10am at Albertsons Headquarters West Parking Lot
West Parking Lot (250 E Parkcenter Blvd, Boise)