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YMCA kids hold Walk-A-Thon at Speedway
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YMCA kids hold a Walk-A-Thon at Martinsville Speedway on Friday. (Contributed photo)

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Martinsville Speedway was filled with kid power, not horsepower, on Friday.

  More than 200 children ages 4 to 12 walked two laps around the half-mile oval as part of the sixth annual Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA Walk-A-Thon.

“The kids love coming out here walking around the track,” said Brad Kinkema, executive director of the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA. “They know not many people can say they did it.”

While the mile walk was fun and healthy for the excited but well-behaved children, it also was practical for the YMCA Daycare students. Each year the proceeds from the walk go toward covering the cost of a major summer-ending field trip. This year’s trip will be to Natural Bridge.

 “Every year we do one great field trip. The whole trip is fairly expensive and the walk helps cover the cost of the charter buses and tickets,” Kinkema said.

 The children obtained sponsorships from family, friends and neighbors, he said.

“The goal is that the kids don’t have to worry about the expense when it comes time to go,” he added.

 Any funds left after paying for the Natural Bridge trip will be used to buy back-to-school supplies for children in need.


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