As of Thursday, May 5, approximately 45 children had registered to participate in the opening practice.
Other practices, which are scheduled for approximately 30 minutes, will take place May 16, 19, 23, 26, and June 2.
There is no cost to participate in the event, but an application was required to be completed and signed by a parent or guardian of all who entered.
During the first practice, a program on safety precautions was presented by local resident John Howes, with additional tips and walking suggestions provided by Rotarian Linda Messmer.
The children and parents or guardians then took part in a short warm-up session before jogging or walking a short course marked and manned by Rotarians inside Forest Park.
Each practice will follow a similar format of a short program by a special guest, followed by running or walking time on a set path within the park.
During the practice session, parts of Nabuca Drive, Bonnie Miller Drive, Center Street and one service road in Forest Park will be closed at 6 p.m.
The roads will also be closed on race day at 11 a.m., for approximately 30 minutes.