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Princess Run News Release

March 26, 2013



Contact:               Sheila Kidder – (405.659.2852)

NEWS9 Partners with Princess Run Festival

Bobbie Miller will host as “Her Royal Highness”

runhers women’s association is happy to announce this partnership with Oklahoma’s Own NEWS9 & Griffin Communications for the 5th Annual Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash.  The festival is set for May 4th, 2014, and is set on the properties of the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.  NEWS9’s morning anchor Bobbie Miller will serve as Her Royal Highness. She’s on every weekday morning from 5:00-7:00 a.m.

The Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash features running/walking events of 2K (1.2 miles).  The festival is full of interactive kids experience with the OKC Boathouse/Riversport experiences, OKC Barons Hockey, the new OKC Energy Football Club, Arts and Crafts Pavilion and other experiences such as a dance clinic hosted by Studio J Dance.  There will be a Roxy’s Ice Cream truck as well as other food trucks to enjoy this “magical day down by the river.”

NEWS 9’s Bobbie Miller says, “I am sharing my love of exercise with my kids at an early age. So, I’m excited to get my one year old in a tutu & my boys in their superhero costumes – whatever it takes to get them moving! Plus, I’m taking advantage of this ‘Her Royal Highness’ title!”

runhers Director of Special Projects Sheila Kidder states, “We love celebrating kids at this magical day down by the river.  We are very happy and honored to have NEWS9 on board as a partner for the 2014 event.  And, Bobbie Miller has a special energy, and it will be great fun to see it on display at the festival.  We’re jazzed!”  Kidder adds, “This is such a visual treat for the eyes, the princesses really embrace the royal theme, and the dudes express their inner superhero!  Many parents get in the spirit with their own creativity in costumes!” 

About Princess Run Festival

The Princess Run Festival and Little Dude Dash is imagined by runhers women’s association.  The 5th Annual Festival is designed to delight and celebrate kids, ages 12 and under, and families.  The Princesses and Little Dudes run a 2K (1.2 mile) distance, while the festival features OKC Riversport activities, as well as many other interactive kid/family experiences.  More info at Twitter @princessrunfest and on Facebook.  Contact:

About Oklahoma’s Own NEWS 9

OKLAHOMA CITY’S Oklahoma’s Own is proud to provide Oklahomans with timely and relevant news and information, sharing the stories, pictures and loves of Oklahomans across our great state including Oklahoma City’s Own. – Twitter @NEWS9

About runhers® women’s association

We are a creative force that empowers women to discover, design and activate their version of a healthy and happy life.  We create partnerships and experiences that engage, entertain and inspire women everywhere.  To engage more, please visit us at or – twitter @runhers – email

Kids Running & Funning!

Some Helpful Tips

Well, you’ve signed up your kids for the Princess Run or Little Dude Dash (or both!). You might be a runner yourself! No worries if you’re not. Running is really not that hard – the basic theory is this: fall forward and hope your feet catch up! As you learn more, there are form and techniques that can be used if your kid is interested in actually running further or faster, but running is as natural as laughing to most kids! Make it fun! Running can be a lifetime activity, so … as our friend Bart Yasso, The Mayor of Running and Chief Running Officer for Runner’s World Magazine always says, “Never limit where running can take you!” Good advice … thanks Mr. Mayor!

  • Make Running Fun – Running is fun and it should be fun. Don’t punish kids by making them run. Encourage kids to participate, to use their imagination and help create running fun wherever you go!
  • Running through the ages – How do kids develop in running? What should know about ‘helping’ kids with running? Well, it’s pretty simple and mostly common sense. Kids mature emotionally and physically at different rates, and so flexibility and enjoyment matter a great deal! Before puberty kids are always growing and changing. Excessive, systematic training may interfere with normal growth and cause injury in a child. Between the ages of 3 and 10, promote regular movement/exercise, which can include runs at an age appropriate level! Increase activity slowly and gradually, while keep the fun and creativity flowing! As they run more, the can learn a little more of good running form/technique.
    • Kids 5 and under generally haven’t really even developed a running gait yet, so they shouldn’t run in any real programs. They should just run with joy, and with short attention spans (like many of us older kids have) they can just create some ‘fun runs’ on their own as a natural play habit. So, while doing the Princess Run or Little Dude Dash – short spurts of running with some walking, skipping or other fun forward movement is how to get through it! Don’t even think about time other than the time you are sharing with them having fun!
    • Kids age 5 – 8 Yes, it is still all about the fun! Yes, there will be some running families where the kids want to ‘race’ the kids’ events. That’s fine as long as it is their choice and running is their love. Just keep the distances shorter. Princess Run and Little Dude Dash are perfect for this group. Remember to keep an eye on your kid for signs of discomfort and pain. “A child who says he or she is hurting or tired must be allowed to stop.” Bill Roberts, M.D., past president of the American College of Sports Medicine, has his own Happy Test. “How can you tell?” Smiles,” he says.
    • Kids ages 9 – 12 These ages have more growth and maturity, so there are more training and running options for this age. Many kids look to the track and the mile or the 1500 meters as the ‘long’ event. Some have their eyes set on a 5K, again there is no ‘one size fits all’ and the individual kid and their goals come into play. Running smart is still encouraged, as the kids are still growing. Too much too soon can also lead to burnout. So be smart, learn all you can. Talk to youth coaches and other runners. Encourage other sports activities as well. Enjoyment and love of the sport is our first priority!

Some of the best running advice ever: Run with Joy! Run with Joy! Run with Joy! Happy running and thanks for helping your kids be all they can be! They are the most remarkable people on the planet! They grow up fast, so make these moments count. As the always wise and clever Dr. Seuss said, “I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.” Never take for granted the opportunity to spend time with a kid, this very moment matters! Oh, the possibilities …