Red Ribbon Run Urges Active Lifestyle Without Drugs

NORFOLK – Some Norfolk youth ran to win on Saturday, while friends and family urged them to be winners in life.

The 26th annual Red Ribbon Run was held on Saturday at Sunset Plaza Mall. The one-mile run featured elementary, middle school and junior high students racing for the best times.

But in order to participate, the students also had to participate in Red Ribbon Week at their schools, pledging not only to be winners on the race track, but in life as well.

“It’s about being drug free, and making a choice to be drug free,” said event co-organizer Josh Long. “This is just a nice way to end the week. The kids have a lot of fun.”

The event is designed to get kids active and get them interested in participating in extracurricular activities, which studies have shown diminishes the possibility of kids getting involved with drugs later in life.

“Hopefully, we get the kids that ran today to run and do athletics when they get up into the junior high and high school,” said Long.

Hundreds of kids participated, with the top three in each age group getting recognized in a ceremony afterward.