WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Since the 1990’s the Cape Fear Flyers has been a non-profit running group for kids aged six through 18.
“We have about 50 kids running cross country in the fall. We also do track and field in the spring. We had about 100 kids running there this year,” said head coach Greg Zinner. “What we do is we pretty much encourage kids to get out there and move.”
Sometimes just getting moving is a great way to create lifelong fitness habits.
“We might have six and seven year olds who have never run, can’t even run around the block. Kids like that we just encourage to get moving. We have high school athletes who are very competitive, who might run 30/40 miles a week,” said Zinner.
Middle schooler Riley Perdue gave the Flyers a try on a whim and immediately caught the running bug.
“At the time I didn’t have a sport. I tried dance, but it didn’t work out. I am not a dancer… I’m running outside of practice. I’m running like 18-20 miles a week,” said Perdue.
Riley said the Flyers have helped her continue to push herself in the sport all while having a good time.
“It’s a very mental sport though. They say running is 90% mental and 10% physical. But I think my favorite part about running is my team because they support me,” said Perdue.
Zinner said the positive effect of running for kids goes beyond meeting milestones on the track.
“I ran as a youth, I got involved, and I know it was something that instilled in me just this attitude of sort of a positive, healthy living,” said Zinner.
And it’s not too late to get signed up. Zinner said kids can join at any time.