When a child wants to try a new sport, a parent’s visions of a smiling young athlete with trophies and medals might also be mixed with visions of something else: the dollar signs that go with the equipment for that new activity.
But when the child wants to take up running, not that many dollars will be needed. Active Alex learned that by talking with a variety of families and coaches who have a lot of fun without having to spend a lot of money, see our article in the Spring 2012 issue.
The necessary shoes and clothes probably are already in the closet, and with a little planning and practicality, a Triangle family can enjoy a variety of low-cost competition options without having to commit time and money to being part of a club.
Among the choices for fleet feet are the annual Hershey’s Track and Field Games local and regional meets, parks and recreation programs, charity road races, the annual State Games of North Carolina, a variety of USA Track and Field-sanctioned meets, nonprofit clubs, non-sanctioned meets and school teams.