Body First School Fitness Challenge

October 1, 2016 at Anneberg Park (Manhattan, Kan.)


The Body First School Fitness Challenge was developed in 2008 with a simple idea to provide money to local schools for encouraging their students to be active. With local business sponsors, the Manhattan Cross Country Club provided $1,000 to area schools.

Since then, we have grown tremendously. In 2015, this event provided $12,000 to area schools in Manhattan, Riley, Westmoreland, St. George and Wamego. It is the largest Kids Fun Run in the state of Kansas (a record 1,063 kids participated in 2014), and we have growing evidence to suggest that it is one of the Top 5 Kids Fun Runs in the entire United States!

This event is made possible by the generosity of our title sponsor, Body First Wellness of Manhattan, a grant from the Greater Manhattan Community Foundation’s YES Fund, and the following co-sponsors:

Meadowlark Hills Foundation
The Wal-Mart Foundation
Tindall Orthodontics
Hy-Vee of Manhattan
Little Apple Brewing Company
Manhattan Running Company
Stonecreek Family Physicians
Bank of the Flint Hills
Network Computer Solutions
Action Pact Development
The Eye Doctors
Manhattan Parks and Recreation
ICE Corporation
Holiday Inn of Manhattan
Sarah Blair — Be Healthy, Be Happy. STEP…By…STEP!
Steve Shields/Manhattan Retirement Foundation
Copy Kats
Cat Cans
Manhattan Optimists Club
Ballard’s Screenprinting
Riley County EMS
Road Runners Club of America
…and the Manhattan Cross Country Club.