Local companies donate running gear for kids in need

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Hundreds of kids in need in the region will soon be receiving all sorts of free running gear and waived registration fees for the upcoming Bellin Run this summer. 
 
This year will mark the 41st year of the Bellin Run in northeast Wisconsin.
 
“We have about 2,500 kids in the Kids for Running program who train and then run in the Bellin Run,” says Tia DeLeers, the coordinator for the Kids for Running program.
 
It’s an event about teaching adults and kids how to set goals for themselves, and about getting them active outdoors.
 
“This is a lifestyle change for kids and we want to this to become ingrained in something that they do in becoming healthy,” says DeLeers.
 
However, organizers say there is great need in our region.
 
That’s why over 200 kids in the area will soon be receiving free running gear and waived registration fees for the upcoming event.
 
“They each get a pair of shoes, they get a package of socks, they get running shorts and a running shirt,” says DeLeers.
 
Organizers of the Kids for Running program say a simple gift of tennis shoes can change a child’s life. 
 
“Some of these kids have never had a brand new pair of shoes, so it’s really awesome,” says DeLeers.
 
The gear, donated by Shopko and Schneider National, will be distributed to kids at the end of the week. 
 
The Bellin Run itself is scheduled for Saturday, June 10th.

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