Adams Elementary School will have a fun run for its students on May 17.

The fun run, which is connected to the Mighty Milers program, will take place at 6 p.m. at the school, located at 1201 N. 10th St.

“Students and their families will be participating,” said Adams first-grade teacher Kali Vickery.

Adams students started participating this year in the Mighty Milers program.

This elementary school is not the first in the Arkansas City Public School District to participate in the program, though  — C-4 started two years ago.

“It is a free running program for schools across the U.S.,” Vickery said. “It is based out of New York and they offer free incentives for students when they reach certain mileage milestones.”

The incentives largely consist of Mighty Milers “swag,” such as baseball caps, sunglasses and T-shirts.

“They encourage participating schools to hold a fun run event each school year, which is what we are doing,” Vickery said. “Our goal is to promote an active lifestyle for our students and their families.”

The program includes running incentives for pre-kindergartners through seniors in high school.

Mighty Milers was created by the New York Road Runners (NYRR), a nonprofit community running organization founded in 1958 whose mission is to help and inspire people through running.

NYRR serves more than 430,000 people — including 215,000 youth — annually.