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TV's Home Handyman Carter Oosterhouse and the National Cherry Festival Unveil First 'Carter's Kids Festival Fun Run & Walk'

May 09, 2012

TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Traverse City’s own celebrity TV handyman, Carter Oosterhouse, will run a one mile race with kids of all ages along the National Cherry Festival ’s Touchstone Energy Junior Royale Parade route.  The all kids run and walk will precede the parade on Thursday, July 12 with a 6:00 p.m. start.

“Carter’s mission of encouraging kids to enjoy outdoor activities is one that the Festival also embraces.  We are thrilled to have Carter join us in our mission of providing healthy kids activities during the Festival,” stated Trevor Tkach, Festival Executive Director.

Each participant will receive an official race bib, a medal, and refreshment. The entry is just $10 per race/walker.

Families are encouraged to pre-register children on line at www.cherryfestival.org while onsite registration will also be available at F&M Park the day of the event beginning at 5:00 p.m.

About Carter’s Kids

Carter’s Kids is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and promoting awareness of fitness and self-esteem for America’s youth,  “Our purpose is to increase the activity level of kids by building and developing community parks and playgrounds in their neighborhoods. The kids then have the opportunity to take an active part in building up their community by using, sharing, and caring for these public spaces.”

Carter Oosterhouse and Carter’s Kids Foundation

“My team and I collaborate closely with the neighborhood kids as they are active participants in the building process from beginning to end. They assist in planning, developing and executing the playground or youth center.  The collaborative effort gets them active and creates a connection with the kids and their “space” so that they gain that sense of ownership and care for a place that they helped build.  From my experience as a young kid building things, there is no greater sense of satisfaction than when you see something that you’ve built being enjoyed by others. I hope to impart that same feeling in our young builders with Carter’s Kids.

Our purpose of promoting activity, nutrition and fighting childhood obesity, has led us to build playgrounds in communities all over the United States. We have experienced firsthand, the positive effect that each playground has brought to their community.  Carter’s Kids is actively seeking corporate sponsorships to help us fulfill our mission.” - Carter Oosterhouse


Carter Oosterhouse is an American television personality who was born in Traverse City, Michigan. Oosterhouse first gained national fame as a carpenter on the TLC series Trading Spaces and has hosted other home improvement and how-to television shows.

As of 2008, Carter is the host of two programs on the HGTV network: Carter Can and Red Hot & Green. He is married to actress Amy Smart.


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