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Running the Race

TFK Kid Reporter Abhinav Piplani talks to Joe Evans of Kids Fit, about the goals of Spartan Kids obstacle races and his role in creating them.

April 29, 2013
COURTESY PIPLANI FAMILY

TFK Kid Reporter Abhinav Piplani poses with Kids Fit Foundation's Joe Evans at a Spartan Kids race in Conyers, Georgia.

Obstacle racing is a growing sport. Outside magazine reported that an estimated 1.5 million people took part in the United States in 2012. The obstacle racing company Spartan Race teamed up with the Kids Fit Foundation to create half-mile courses for kids ages 4 to 8 and one-mile events for kids ages 9 to 13. Spartan Kids races are in more than 30 states. TFK Kid Reporter Abhinav Piplani spoke to Kids Fit’s Joe Evans about Spartan Kids.

Abhinav is wet and muddy—but all smiles—after completing a Spartan Kids race.
COURTESY PIPLANI FAMILY
Abhinav is wet and muddy—but all smiles—after completing a Spartan Kids race.

TFK:

Can you tell me a little bit more about the Spartan Kids race?

JOE EVANS:

The Spartan Kids race is an obstacle course for kids ages 4 to 13. We created a race for kids to be active, get healthy, get moving and have a little bit of fun.

TFK:

What is the purpose of this race?

EVANS:

The purpose of this race is to get kids off the couch and get them to lead an active and healthy lifestyle. Instead of children playing video games, we want them to get outside, get them to enjoy the outdoors and have a lot of fun.

TFK:

When did this race begin?

EVANS:

The Kids Fit Foundation took over the Spartan Race series at the beginning of 2012.

TFK:

Was there a specific motivation that made you want to help kids become more active?

EVANS:

Yes there was. When I was a young boy, I played a lot of sports myself, and then as I got a little bit older, into my later teens, I stopped playing so many sports, I got a little bit less active and I stayed home a lot more, didn’t get outside as much. This is when I realized how important it is for kids at a young age to stay active, be healthy, and get outside a lot more.

Kid Reporter
Abhinav Piplani

TFK:

When children leave this race what do you want them to take with them?

EVANS:

When children leave the race I would like them to want to come back and do another race. I would like them to want to get outside more, get active, tell their friends about it and to encourage their friends to lead a healthy lifestyle.

TFK:

What responsibilities do you have as the director of this race?

EVANS:

The responsibilities that we have is to (1) make sure that the kids are safe (2) that they have a great time and (3) to make sure that the course is set up properly. So basically we’re responsible for everything from the ground up. My responsibilities personally however is to oversee everything that goes on.

TFK:

Is there a specific reason that you chose an obstacle course?

EVANS:

We chose an obstacle course because it’s a great way for kids of all ages to have fun. It’s a sport that kids can individually do, instead of a team sport, because they might not be good at soccer, basketball, or baseball, at the team aspect, but with this, they can come out and have fun with an individual sport.

TFK:

Would you like to add anything that I didn’t ask you?

EVANS:

Just that I hope that more kids come out and get active. It’s a really great event, and I think that kids have a lot of fun!

Click here to read Abhinav’s report about his own experience at a Spartan Kids race.


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