Last year when Elizabeth Gretz needed to find a way for one of her kids to burn off some energy after he had been diagnosed with ADHD, she started to have him run on a treadmill during the colder months.
Once the weather improved, they took to the outdoors and were then looking for a family activity they could do together.
They decided to participate in the Kids Fun Run, which was part of the 360 Spring Ahead Run, and they loved it.
Gretz and her three kids: Calum, 11; Jack, 9; and Elle, 8, have committed to getting more involved in various runs in the area, including participating again in this year’s 360 Spring Ahead Run.
On May 4, 360 Youth Services will host its 15th annual run, a block north of I-88 at Route 59. Runners from all over the area will participate in this event.
To add to the excitement of the morning, a new theme has been added this year: “Let’s Celebrate Mom.”
“This is an amazing theme, and as a mother, I am touched and honored to be celebrated,” Gretz said.
“It is also a great opportunity to spend time together as a family in a fun and healthy atmosphere, and if we can support an amazing agency like 360 Youth Services, I could not ask for anything more!”
The Gretz family loves to do many things together. All three kids are involved in scouting; Elle and Jack love to bake; and they even started their own pet business.
If the Gretz family had a wish for moms, they said “to just love and adore each other.”
“I am so grateful to be a mother of three amazing children,” Gretz said.
“I do my best each and every day to take it all in, to also take the time to enjoy and celebrate each of the kids, and to remind them hourly how much I love them. It’s an honor to fall within the ranks of other mothers.”
The 360 Spring Ahead, “Let’s Celebrate Mom,” offers four different runs: a 10K trail run, 5K street run, 5K wheelchair and a 1-mile kids fun run.
“We have the same great routes, easy in and out parking, and warmer weather,” said Pete Schubel, who is this year’s event chair.
“We are also planning some fun activities for moms and their kids, so bring your families and run for mom!”
To register, visit www.360springahead.com.
360 Youth Services provides services to young adults, school-aged youth, and their families through substance abuse prevention education, counseling and shelter. To learn more about its programs and initiatives, visit www.360youthservices.org.