BETTER RUN Running club emphasizes fun for youth

Kevin Thomsen was so passionate about running that he opened a running shoe store in Marquette, the Queen City Running Company. He has started a running club for youth that emphasizes fun and healthy lifestyles.

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Infants learn to crawl and then walk and then, shortly after they master their first steps, they are off and running. Our bodies are meant to move and move often. In the era of online gaming and smartphones, parents may be looking for ways to get their elementary school kids outdoors and moving more. Kevin Thomsen, owner of Queen City Running Co. in Marquette, started the Queen City Running Club for kids in grades K-6 to help get kids up and moving and to teach them the correct way to start running.
Thomsen first opened Queen City Running in May of 2016. QCR not only sells running shoes but also tries to be the headquarters for all things running related in Marquette. Running is Thomsen’s passion, and he feels that owning his store goes beyond just selling shoes.
“You want to be the headquarters of your niche. How do you do that? You have to start a running club. You have to start a kids’ club. You are going to want to host races and events and talks. Plus, if you are passionate about it and if you are a business owner you should be passionate about whatever industry you are getting into, so if that’s the case, why not go all in and you know, do that stuff four or five times a month? It’s a lot of fun,” Thomsen said.
Thomsen explained that the Queen City Running Club for kids has had two successful summer runs and will kick off their third year on June 20, 2018. The club will meet once a week on Wednesdays and Thomsen says it will focus on fun.
“Running isn’t always fun. We don’t want you to think of it that way so the coaches really do a good job of incorporating games into learning how to run, so it’s not just wind sprints,” he said.

Kevin Thomsen

Thomsen revealed he has been running his whole life and is the first to admit that it wasn’t love at first stride.
“Since I was a little kid I was doing running events, that kind of stuff. I didn’t always enjoy it. I’m not going to lie. I ran a lot of times because I played other sports and it was usually for punishment because we had a bad game and so I wasn’t taught to like running, so it wasn’t until later in life that I really thought I can do this and it can be fun and it is a stress reliever and it’s good exercise. Yeah, so now I look forward to running everyday,” Thomsen said.
Thomsen hopes that the Queen City Running Club will be fun for kids and that by emphasizing fun they will learn to love the sport by learning the basics.
“We have three different age groups. Everyone can run, but we all don’t run the right way, so we…

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