HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tennessee Valley kids will hit the road Thursday for fitness and fun. Computers and video games will take a back seat at the Autumn Chase Fun Run.
Former physical education teacher and member of the Huntsville Track Club Beth Benefield said the race began in 1980 with a few Catholic schools participating, but over the years it has grown to include public schools. As a teacher she stressed a healthy lifestyle.
"We just really stressed how important it is to stay healthy, exercise and get out and run. Most kids love to run," she said.
Benefield said this is an event that combines that teaching with a lot of fun. "The idea behind the Autumn Chase Run is definitely promoting health and fitness in the community."
Eleven-year-old Blossomwood Elementary fifth-grader Layne Little said the event is a family tradition. "My dad ran it when he was a little kid, and now I get to run it," Little said.
The event itself is free, but donations are accepted. Money goes to the pediatric oncology department at Huntsville Hospital.
The Autumn Chase Fun Run will be a great event for kids and families alike. The run will be held at the Jaycees building across from John Hunt Park. For more information call (256) 265-8317.