Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet

in background, a rubberized track painted red with white lines and the words "1500m". In foreground, "Parks & Rec Track Camp & Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet"

What is the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet?

The Live Healthy Iowa Kids track meet is a free program to encourage kids to learn the sport of track and field and enjoy participating in it. There are local meets at over 2 dozen Iowa towns, and winners of those meets have the option of participating in the state meet in Marshalltown on June 22nd, 2019. There are divisions for boys and girls from 7-14 (age for this program is determined by age on 1/1/2019, so actually 6.5 year olds through 13.5 year olds). Events at the state and local meets include:

  • 50m dash (7-10 year olds only)
  • 100m dash
  • 200m dash
  • 400m (9+ only)
  • 800m (11+ only)
  • 1600m (13+ only)
  • 4x100m relay
  • standing long jump
  • softball throw

Kids can choose 3 individual events (up to 2 individual running events) plus the relay.

When is the Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet?

The Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids track meet will be held on Saturday, May 4th at 9am. If the meet is rescheduled due to weather, the Sioux City Parks and Recreation Department will let families know when the makeup date will be.

Where is the Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet?

The Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids track meet will be held at Morningside College's Elwood Olsen Stadium at 3201 Peters Avenue in Sioux City. There will also be a Live Healthy Iowa Kids track meet in Spirit Lake.

How do I sign my kids up for the Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet?

To sign up for the Sioux City Live Healthy Iowa Kids track meet, register on the Live Healthy Iowa Kids website by April 26th, 2019. If your child is participating in the relay, you must register with all the names of the relay members!

How should kids get ready for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet?

Kids don't have to do anything special to get ready for the Live Healthy Iowa Kids track meet in Sioux City. They can just show up on May 4th ready to compete, as long as they are registered by the deadline!

However, if your family would like to do some extra preparation (and extra fun!), the Sioux City Parks and Rec Department is hosting "track camp" every Saturday in April from 3:30 to 5pm!
  • 4/6 at North High School
  • 4/13 at West High School
  • 4/20 at East High School
  • 4/27: at North High School

At track camp, kids will learn how to do the running, jumping, and throwing events at the Live Healthy Iowa Kids Track Meet while having fun and getting some great exercise. Last year, volunteers from the Sioux City running community including some coaches were on hand to help the kids. Registration for Sioux City Parks and Rec Track and Field Camp is free but required. You can sign up on the Sioux City Parks & Rec website.

If your child is interested in the sport of track and field, or you're a former track and field athlete who wants to introduce it to them, this is a really fun program. It's not too intense, but it does a really nice job of showing how much fun the sport of track and field can be and encourages kids to run, jump, and throw!

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