Thousands participate in 2015 Mayor’s Run

Posted By:  Marlenia Thornton

Lincoln youth lined up this morning on the south side of the capitol for the annual Mayor’s Run.

The city has been hosting this event for more than 25 years.

The race leads up to the Lincoln Marathon.

“It was really fun. There were a lot of people. You can win prizes. I think this keeps you active and healthy,” 5th grade participant McKenzie Ness said.

Kids as young as 2 years old all the way up to 6th grade raced around the capitol for 1 and a half laps, which is a mile.

About 3,500 students registered for Saturday’s race.

Schools that had at least 10 percent of their total enrollment sign up for the race won awards.

Prescott elementary is this year’s winner for the large school division for the second year in a row.

The school says it fits with its health initiative.

“We’re just very thrilled. This just says how much Prescott parents, the community and families all get together to say this is really important,” Prescott principal Ruth Ann Wylie said.

Hundreds of fans lined the streets to cheer on their favorite runners.

Organizers says encouragement is a big part of the race and participants agree.

“I just feel confident enough that i can do this and i can can show people they can do it too,” 5th grader racer Chanell Mitchell said.

One dollar of each registration is donated to children’s charity of choice.

This year’s charity is the Bike Kitchen and it will receive $4,300 in donations from the race.

More than $81,000 has been donated to past charities.