Fit for Life

Park it outdoors for the next free Fit Kids Contest where winners get their photo in The Mercury newspaper

Michilea Patterson The Mercury.  File Photo Kids do high-knee exercises for a fitness routine to music for a free Fit Kids for Life event at the Pottstown Memorial Park.

Michilea Patterson The Mercury. File Photo Kids do high-knee exercises for a fitness routine to music for a free Fit Kids for Life event at the Pottstown Memorial Park.

By Michilea Patterson, The Mercury

Kids that display fitness at their local park can get their photo in The Mercury newspaper with the next FREE Fit Kids for Life Contest.

Send photos of your child doing a PARK FITNESS activity such as swinging, playing sports and climbing the jungle gym to the email mercfitkids@gmail.com with the child’s first name, age and town. The deadline to submit photos is now Aug. 5.

Marc Harris and his son Mahjestee Harris race as a team in the sack races during the Fathers Matter field day at Memorial Park. Photo by John Strickler The Mercury

Marc Harris and his son Mahjestee Harris race as a team in the sack races during the Fathers Matter field day at Memorial Park. Photo by John Strickler The Mercury

Contest winners get their photo published in The Mercury newspaper, a Schuylkill Valley Sports gift card and a free T-shirt. Up to three kids can win the contest. The contest is absolutely free and winners are announced every few weeks. It’s easy for parents to enter their children. They just have to email a photo to the above email address with the necessary information.

Park fitness activities can include walking on a trail, swimming at a public pool, playing league baseball and more. The fitness activity just has to be done at a park.

Last contest, parents entered WHEEL ACTIVITY photos. The photos included riding bikes, roller skating and more. The Fit Kids of the Week for the last contest were ZAIDEN, 6, of Limerick and BRAD, 14, of Royersford. For a photo gallery of all the Fit Kids for Life entries so far, CLICK HERE.

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Now it’s time to send photos in for the next contest. Only one submitted photo is allowed per child each contest. Photos emailed without the necessary information won’t be included in the contest. Also only one set of prizes is awarded to each winning photo. If you have multiple children you would like to enter into the contest, please submit a separate photo for each child.

The deadline to submit photos is noon Wednesday, Aug. 5. The next contest winners will be announced Friday, Aug. 7, on the Fit for Life Facebook.

For every contest, there is a different activity such as biking, swimming and jumping rope. Parents who snap a photo of their child doing the contest’s specific activity can then enter their photo. Parents can find out each activity theme by visiting the Fit for Life Facebook and the Fit for Life Twitter@MercFit4Life.

There can be up to three winners every contest because the contest has three age divisions. The categories are 2 to 6 years old, 7 to 12 years old and 13 to 18 years old.

After photos are submitted, they will be put into a Facebook photo album on Wednesday where voters can LIKE their favorite kid fitness photo.

Voting for the contest will start 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and end 3 p.m. on Friday. After winners are announced on Friday, the next activity theme will also be announced.

For a full list of the contest rules and guidelines visit pottsmercfit4life.wordpress.com/2014/08/21/fit-kids-for-life-contest-guidelines-and-rules/ or email Michilea Patterson at mpatterson@pottsmerc.com for questions.

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