Andy & Aaron host the YMCA and talk upcoming events!

Andy & Aaron talked YMCA Heritage Run, the Stingrays Rookie Week, and our swim lesson upgrade this morning.  This year’s YMCA Heritage Run features a 10k and 2-mile race, a 2-mile family run/walk, and new this year, a half-mile family color run. The race is broken up into age groups for the 10k and 2-mile races starting at 6 - 8 and going to 75 and over. There are cash awards for top winners.

This is an event for the entire family. Free youth activities will be provided at the BMO Harris Bank parking lot. Activities will be carnival themed and will include face painting and balloon art, healthy cakewalk, basketball shoot out, and much more! Home Depot will also be joining us to lead a DIY Kids Workshop where the children will make something they will be able to take home. New this year – drop-in childcare will be provided at no charge for youth ages 5-12 with parent participation in the race.  

Heritage Run's 10k and 2-mile races are both part of the Rockford Road Runners race circuit. To learn more about the Rockford Road Runners, visit their website

Race Day and Youth Activities Line-up:
11:00 a.m. – 3 p.m.        FREE kids’ activities at BMO Harris Bank Center parking lot
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.      Race Day registration at Stewart Square
12:00 p.m.                      Kids’ and Family Color Run 
1 p.m.                             Race start - State and Wyman Streets


The YMCA of Rock River Valley Stingrays is recruiting new swimmers to join the team and all kids are invited to try it out. Spring Rookie Week is May 1-4 at the I.D. Pennock Family YMCA, 200 Y Boulevard in downtown Rockford. The schedule is as follows:

Swimmers 10 & Under:
Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30 - 7:15 p.m.

Swimmers 11 & Over:
Monday and Wednesday from 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday from 7:15 - 8:00 p.m.

Rookie Week offers families the opportunity to test the swim team environment and receive placement evaluations. Swimmers should bring a suit, goggles and towel. They will perform basic technique drills nightly and learn placement levels at the end of the week. Team practice begins the week of May 8.


The YMCA of Rock River Valley in conjunction with YMCA of the USA is launching an upgrade to its swim lessons. The Y is America’s swim instructor. As such, we consider it a priority, and a responsibility, to prevent drowning and improve health outcomes through swimming.
The statistics are still very concerning for youth. According to the CDC, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional injury death among children aged 1-4 years and one of the top three causes among persons under age 29. Furthermore, reports 60% of youth drowning incidents occur within 10 feet of safety.

The Y’s new curriculum is built from extensive research, consisting of surveys, interviews, expert panels, and focus groups, into the needs and priorities of the Y Movement. The skill-based approach is designed to meet the needs of students in variety of ways:
 -It welcomes students of varying and diverse abilities, ensuring everyone feels like they belong.
 -It fosters a sense of achievement from the start.
 -It emphasizes group activities that encourage relationship building.
 -It is grounded in a skill continuum that allows students to flow easily from one skill to the next, with clearly defined stages of progress along the way.