Children for Children 5K

Children for Children 5K returns Saturday, April 28 this year at Lake Hodges. This local race is directed by a standout local leader – 14-year-old 92127 resident Natasha Preece. Despite her age, she is a veteran race director and is now in her fourth year organizing Children for Children 5K.

Natasha was inspired after volunteering at a YMCA event and seeing how happy other kids were playing sports. Already an avid runner, she decided to plan a 5K run – complete with registration, sponsors, and medals – to benefit Kids in the Game, a nonprofit organization that gives grants to low-income children who want to play a one-season sport. Proceeds from the first three Children for Children 5K races have helped more than 100 children over the years.

“Natasha was inspired after volunteering at a YMCA event and seeing how happy other kids were playing sports.”

Though they accept some help from adults, Children for Children 5K is driven and executed by Natasha and her friends. They handle all the calls and registration themselves, learning everything from organizing vendors to arranging liability insurance.

The Lake Hodges course is a winding combination of dirt trail, switchbacks, and fire road, with aid and water stations at the start, halfway point, and finish. Packet pickup is from 7 to 7:45 a.m. and the race begins at 8 a.m. All finishers receive a cool medal, with additional awards for overall and age group firsts, seconds, and thirds. All ages are welcome, and registration is now open.

Volunteers are also welcome, whether individuals, teams, or school or community groups. Learn more at www.childrenforchildren5k.org.