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The Santa Maria Valley YMCA and Run Walk Events Inc. will host a walk, run event Saturday at the Y as part of their Santa Maria Fitness Series, aimed at encouraging and raising awareness to fight inactivity in youth. 

The opening ceremony is slated to kick off at 8:15 a.m. Participants are required to arrive to the event by 8 a.m. 

The Kids Dash will be the first race of the day from 8:45 to 9 a.m., followed by the 5K race at 9 a.m. The third and final race of the day will be the 10K at 9:30 a.m.

There will be a free after-race party from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Eligible participants wishing to join the Kids Run must be a minimum of 3 years old, according to event organizers. For participants interested in entering the 5K and 10K, the minimum age is 7. 

Registration cost for the Kids Dash is $3; the 5K is $23;and the 10K is $29 through Friday. 

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Forty percent of the race proceeds will go to support the Santa Maria Valley YMCA kids fitness program. 

The Santa Maria Valley YMCA is located at 3400 Skyway Drive. 

Gina Kim covers crime and courts for Santa Maria Times. Follow her on Twitter @gina_k210

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