Active Youth Day ready to roll on Saturday

Elk River is gearing up for its fourth annual Active Youth Day presented by Spectrum High School and Elk River Parks and Recreation.

This event was established to promote healthy and active lifestyles in children and youth. It will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 5 at Lions Park in Elk River.

Last year’s participants, vendors, participating organizations and volunteers who were surveyed said the event was a success and expressed that they felt the event was a great addition to the community, according to Sean Ryther, a teacher at Spectrum High School who helps students coordinate the event.

A scene from last year's Active Youth Day. Activities this year will include a 40-foot rock climbing wall, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, a punt-pass-kick challenge, a basketball shoot-out challenge, and demonstrations from a local tennis professional, karate hands-on demonstrations, a golf clinic by a local golf instructor, a disc golf clinic by a local disc golf professional, youth fitness boot camp put on by YMCA, and a variety of booths geared towards healthy nutrition and active living.

Activities this year will include a 40-foot rock climbing wall, a 60-foot inflatable obstacle course, a punt-pass-kick challenge, a basketball shoot-out challenge, and demonstrations from a local tennis professional, karate hands-on demonstrations, a golf clinic by a local golf instructor, a disc golf clinic by a local disc golf professional, youth fitness boot camp put on by YMCA, and a variety of booths geared towards healthy nutrition and active living. There also will be music and prizes.

An addition to this year’s Active Youth Day is the Be The Change 5K and Fun Run. All proceeds will go to the Alan Sakry benefit fund.

There will be on-site registration for the run.  Registration starts at 11 a.m. with the run starting at noon.

“Our hope is that we can get many families to come out and run and then stay for the Active Youth Day events following the run,” Ryther said.

Nick Zerwas will speak at this year’s event.

For more information, contact Spectrum High School at 763-241-8703, ext. 9812 or email Sean Ryther at sryther@spectrumhighschool.org.  Check out the website at www.activeyouthday.org.

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