Fall is chock-full of seasonal fun, from apple picking to pumpkin carving. But Western New York Catholic Schools urges everyone not to forget about staying active. We all know maintaining a healthy lifestyle plays an important role in cultivating healthy habits that last a lifetime. It is recommended that school-age children have one or more hours of moderate and vigorous physical activity on most or all days. In case you missed National Child Health Day earlier this month, we're suggesting 3 family friendly runs that will help your family stay active while enjoying the sounds, sights and smells of the season!
The Boo Bash and Dash: Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m.
The Boo Bash and Dash brings Western New Yorkers to downtown Buffalo to benefit the Police Athletic League (PAL) to help keep young people off the streets by giving them a place to go. The 5K race commences at Hotel Lafayette and will be illuminated with seasonal decorations to light the path. The first 350 participants receive a free T shirt. The after party located inside the restaurant features free admission, a costume contest and 1/2 price appetizers. Male and Female awards will be given to age groups in 5-year increments.
Location: Hotel Lafayette 391 Washington Street
Price: $25 pre-registration, $35 day of with pre-race party from 5:30-7:15 p.m.
19th Annual Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic 5K and Health Walk - October 29, at 10 a.m.
Billed as "one of the most scenic courses in the world," the 19th annual Jack O'Lantern Fall Classic draws runners from all over the country and Canada. The run takes place at Whirlpool State Park and includes panoramic and scenic views of the lower Niagara River and the American and Canadian Falls. A long sleeve wicking T-shirt is included and participants are welcomed to join an after party provided by Delaware North. Prizes will be awarded in 4-year increments starting with 10 and under up to 75-years-old and older.
Location: Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls, NY 14303
PRE-RACE PACKET PICK-UP DATES: Northpointe Council, Inc., 800 Main St. Ste. 2A, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
* Wednesday, October 26, 2016 from 8am-7pm
* Thursday, October 27, 2016 from 8am-7pm
* Friday, October 28, 2016 from 8am - noon
* Race Day Pick-Up at 8:30am
* $22 pre-registered before 10/22/16
* $25 after 10/22/16 or on race day
* $19 pre-registered with group of 5 or more participants (must be received by 10/22/16)
Halloween Dash: Sunday, October 30, 11:30 a.m.
The Lewiston Porter Freshman Class is sponsoring their 2nd annual Halloween Dash in front of the high school. The family friendly event features a costume contest with prizes, kids 1K Fun Run and a competitive 5K race. Food will be available for purchase and members of the class will be serving as course marshals on the 1K course to guide young participants on their journey to the finish line. Additionally, candy will be available during a Trick-or-Trunk giveaway along with a number of kid-friendly activities including face painting, bobbing for apples, pumpkin decorating and more! Refreshments and fresh fruit will be provided.
Registration and Pricing:
*1K Kids Fun Run -- $10.00
*5K LP Student Registration -- $15.00
*5K Open Registration $20.00
Race Day Registration will take place from 10:30 a.m. up to starting time.
*1K Kids Fun Run/Walk Start Time -- 11:30 a.m.
*5K Run Start Time -- 12:00 NOON
Everyone at WNY Catholic Schools is hoping you're having a wonderful autumn. With all the beautiful destinations and seasonal options available, don't forget to make time to keep active as a family. Whether you're part of our network of the best private elementary schools in WNY or not, we're wishing you and your family a happy, safe and healthy October!