Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 20th Annual Red Ribbon Run, the largest youth running event in Polk County, on Saturday morning, November 5, 2011, at Joker Marchant Stadium at Tigertown in Lakeland.
Event registration is FREE for K-5 grade students. Participants who pre-register through their school will receive a FREE Celebrate Drug Free Red Ribbon Run t-shirt. All age groups are welcome. Adults and students in grade 6 and older may compete in the Open Run for a $10.00 registration fee. Registration check-in begins at 7 a.m., with the first race starting at 8 a.m. Prizes will be awarded and the school with the largest percentage of students in attendance will win a special participation trophy.
Run festivities also include the Kids Health & Wellness Carnival, from 9 am to 1 pm, to celebrate the benefits of healthy living. Wristbands will be sold for $5 admission to enjoy interactive attractions, refreshments and entertainment. To promote healthy minds as well as healthy bodies, each K-5th grade student who participates in the Run and Carnival events will receive a FREE children's book! Local youth groups and organizations will provide kids' services, and the BloodNet USA bloodmobile will also be on hand from 9 am to 1 pm. Those interested in donating blood can make an appointment online by visiting: https://www.fbsdonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&hlc=L0576
For more information on Red Ribbon activities, please call InnerAct Alliance’s executive director, Angie Ellison, at (863) 802-0777.