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Duluth YMCA Program Uses Mentors to Encourages Kids to “Run Like an Animal” with the Lake Superior Zoo

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The Duluth YMCA has so many programs that your children would love and you will too!  Everything from Campfire Concerts to Swimming Lessons, in fact my daughter took her first swimming lessons at the Y at just 6 months old.  Exercise is important for kids and the Y has a running buddy program that will prepare your kids for fun at the Lake Superior Zoo!

“Running Buddies” is a program that matches youth in grades 4-10th with a volunteer mentors who together, train to run a 5k. Once a week the youth and their mentors learn healthy living through running, stretching, proper hydration, and nutritious snacks.

As a culmination of the summer’s program, Running Buddies will participate in the “Run Like an Animal” 5K on Saturday, August 3rd. Financial support for the young runners’ participation has been provided by the zoo’s Community Action Program (CAP). CAP is supported by area community service organizations and businesses and provides zoo experiences for children and families without the means to pay admission to the zoo.

Race coordinator and Zoo Marketing Assistant Keely Johnson is fired up about the mentor program’s participation.

“It’s extremely important for kids to be active and to encourage exercise in different environments. Trail running is so cool to be able to do- especially near and in the zoo!”


“Run Like an Animal” is a unique 5k event held on the grounds of the Lake Superior Zoo. It’s designed to appeal to everyone from serious trail runners to families. Proceeds from the event will support the Lake Superior Zoo. Four hundred runners and walkers are expected.

The Run/Walk begins at 8:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, August 3rd. Race packs should be picked up on race day between 7 am and 8 am at the Lake Superior Zoo.

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