Looking for a way to help your kids stay fit this summer? The 7th annual I Run Kids Marathon is a great way for kids to have fun with both running and reading.
Race Director Bill Schneider recently gave us the scoop on the upcoming summer-long activity (which by the way, costs only $15 per kid to participate!):
The event begins at the end of the school year. Kids in grades kindergarten through 8th grade can enter to run a full marathon over the summer in intervals of a ¼ mile at a time. They use a log sheet to keep track of their mileage. Participants also read a marathon worth of books or time – either 26 books or 26 hours (15-minute intervals) over the summer.
Toward the end of summer, usually late August, the kids gather to run their final mile together at Wisconsin Lutheran College’s football/track stadium. This final mile event is very similar to a real marathon with music, a warm up, post-run refreshments and door prizes. When the kids arrive, they receive their shirt and when they cross the finish line at the 50-yard line of the football field, they receive their finisher’s medal.
We try to get a local running celebrity or athlete to show up and give encouragement as well. In the past we have had Olympic Speedskating Medalists and well as Bango the Buck.
Schools can get involved by having representatives encourage kids to sign up. Usually a teacher or parent volunteers but we also allow individual kids to sign up.
Proceeds are given to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. We like to call that “Kids Helping Kids”. But they are also helping themselves have healthy bodies and minds.
Thanks for chatting with us, Bill! To learn more about I Run Kids Marathon, visit the event website: http://www.irunkidsmarathon.com/
Keep Running MKE – you’re doing great!