A crowd of families with children are expected to visit Stamford’s Mill River Park for a weekend of fitness and activity during the fourth-annual Bankwell Stamford Spartan Kids event weekend Sept. 15-16.

The weekend features Spartan’s signature Kids obstacle races for boys and girls ages four to 13. In a new partnership with Bankwell,  the two companies will spread their shared message of health and wellness to bring more kids than ever onto the race course to have fun while running, climbing and crawling.

Spartan is all about ripping people off their couch and adopting healthy, active lifestyles,” said Bankwell Stamford Spartan Kids Race Co-Director, Daniel Goldstein. “It’s important to instill these qualities at a young age, so partnering with Bankwell, who shares similar health and wellness goals, is a natural fit and will help us reach more kids than ever before. We’re excited to work with them to help the community’s youth get healthy, get active and have fun.”

Built upon the popular Spartan Kids heat at the adult races, the Spartan Kids stand-alone race will feature half- mile, one-mile and two-mile courses with more than 15 obstacles, each crafted to instill youth-like adventure, courage, camaraderie, and a sense of accomplishment. There will also be a heat for the

“Special Spartans,” athletes with intellectual or developmental disabilities, and those with cognitive learning or vocational delays. All finishers will receive a specially designed Bankwell Stamford Kids Spartan Race T-shirt and a finisher’s medal.

In addition to conquering challenges on the course, such as the spear throw and low crawl, the Bankwell Stamford Spartan Kids Race boasts a festival with activities that are fun for the entire family including games, healthy food options, art installations and more.

The Spartan Kids Race is now open for registration. For more information on the Bankwell Stamford Kids Race, including cost and registration, visit: https://www.spartan.com/en/race/detail/4227/overvie