Kiddieland race set for later this month in Merced's Applegate Park

The Kiwanis Club of Greater Merced plans to open Kiddieland this year with three benefit races.

The event, called Race to the Kiddieland Train, will be at 8:30 a.m. March 29 in Applegate Park, 1045 W. 25th St.

Proceeds from the event will pay for tetanus shots for newborns in developing countries, high school scholarships and to keep park costs down, according to organizers.

There are three races: the children’s 1-mile walk begins at 8:30 a.m.; the 2-mile walk or run and 5-mile run both begin at 9 a.m.

Preregistration is $5 for the children’s event and $10 for the 2-mile and 5-mile races. Day-of-registration cost is $10 for the children’s race and $15 for the 2-mile and 5-mile races.

Participants can purchase a race T-shirt for $10 and an all-day ride wristband for $8, according to a news release.

Radio host Dave Luna from 97.5 KABX will broadcast live at the event from 8 to 11 a.m., the release said.

Kiddieland will open for the 2014 season at 10 a.m. March 29, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday and from 1 to 5 p.m. every Sunday. It generally opens every spring and closes in October.

Kiddieland is owned and operated by Kiwanis of Greater Merced. All staff there are volunteers.