Junior Jog

The Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog is Saturday, October 20, 2018 at 9:30 am. Register today.

Packet pick-up for the Junior Jog takes place Friday, October 19 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm as a part of the Scheels Sports & Fitness Expo in Hy-Vee Hall (Hall C) at the Iowa Events Center. Packet pick-up will also be available Saturday, October 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the registration table located on the main concourse inside the Gate B entrance at Principal Park.

The Mercy Children’s Hospital & Clinics Junior Jog features a family-friendly out and back course in front of Principal Park, while older children can run around the stadium itself. Distances for the Junior Jog vary based on academic grade level, however children may participate in the distance that is best suited for their personal development.

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Grade Distance Start Time
5th and 6th mile – two loops around stadium
3rd and 4th 1/2 mile – loop around stadium
1st and 2nd 1/4 mile
Kindergarten and younger 1/10 mile & under   9:30 am

REGISTRATION SPECIAL Save $5 on your Junior Jog registration by registering an adult for the Mercy Live Up Loop. Register and save.

The Mercy Live Up Loop events are stroller-friendly, meaning that an adult may run or walk with a stroller. A special wave start for strollers will follow the start of the 5-Mile Run.

AGE APPROPRIATE RUNNING Slightly older children still interested in participating in a running event race weekend may be ready to enter in the Principal 5K Road Race or the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile Run as a run/walk participant with a parent or adult guardian. Children between the ages of twelve and fourteen may even consider training for the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon. The IMT Des Moines Marathon encourages safe and proper training for any of our running events. Consult a family physician before embarking on any type of running program with your children.

The Road Runners Club of America does not recommend for a child younger than the age of fourteen to attempt completing a long distance running event such as the IMT Des Moines Marathon. Their bodies are not developed enough physically to meet the demands of this level of strenuous activity and endurance. Examples may include leg muscle development and electrolyte replacement. FUNdamentals of Youth Running.

TOBACCO POLICY For the safety and enjoyment of all participants and spectators the Mercy Live Up Loop activities are substance-free. The family-friendly concert is free for all to enjoy. All alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited at this event. Tobacco includes, but is not limited to: cigarettes, electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chew, snus, snuff, etc. This tobacco and alcohol free policy applies to all event participants, volunteers, and spectators while in attendance.

Appropriate signage will be posted in visible areas along the course on the day of the event. The event planning committee, event participants and volunteers will be notified of this policy. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be asked to refrain from use or will immediately be dismissed from the event.

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