HealthWorks Tie-Dye 5K promotes fitness for young runners

By Danza Johnson/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – In its third year, the HealthWorks Tie-Dye 5K increased in attendance, which meant more people are buying into the overall goal of health.
HealthWorks Director Donna Loden said more than 300 runners attended this year’s race held at Ballard Park on Saturday, but it was all the young runners who impressed her the most. The Tie-Dye 5K is a part of HealthWork’s Lighten Up program that promotes health and fitness for children. Loden said the children participated in the 10-week program in training for Saturday’s run.
“We are glad to see so many people here to run and to support the runners,” Loden said. “We are proud of all the children. This is a great way to stay healthy.”
Andrew White, 15, of Tupelo won the event with a time of 17:06. White is a sophomore cross country runner at Tupelo High School.
“It was a good run,” White said. “Not my best but a very good run. I really enjoyed participating in the event.”
Even though Kayleigh Sims, 14, of Randolph was not happy with her time of 25 minutes, she said she still enjoyed the run.
“I could have done better but anytime I can run it’s fun, so I’m happy.”
Loden said the run has gotten good reviews over the past three years and HealthWorks plans on continuing it.
“It’s one of those runs that the whole family can enjoy and do something healthy together and that’s the important thing,” she said.