How to find kids' running events near you
Before you and the family take on the Vitality Westminster Mile, you might want to experience a smaller-scale race, or one that’s closer to home. These days, most mass-participation events include a kids-only race – usually held over one to two miles – so there are plenty of options to choose from.
As mentioned, most major events – as well as a lot of smaller ones – include a variety of distances, including much shorter kids-only races. With that in mind, often the easiest way to find kids’ races near you is the same way you would find any race near you: by visiting a race directory. There are a number to choose from, but findarace.com and Runner’s World’s Event Listings are two of the most popular.
While you can find every event around online, to get an idea of the best kids races in your area you might be better off asking round at your local running club. They’re bound to have several recommendations, and you might find your club hosts an event of its own. Far from being the reserve of serious athletes, running clubs are open to all abilities and many also have weekly sessions for kids, so they can be a great way to get the whole family excited about running.
Most parkruns now have a junior alternative, allowing kids aged between four and fourteen to enjoy the free weekly events that take place up and down the country. At 2k in length, they’re short enough for all abilities to run, jog or walk to the finish, and your kids are guaranteed a friendly, inclusive atmosphere to ease them into group running. To find out where your local junior parkrun is, head to parkrun.org.uk.