Marathon Kids Celebrate Year With a Mile in LA

By Carolyn Richardson

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Nike Athlete and Olympic Hurdler Georganne Molin (in black) kneeling hits the starting line with Marathon Kids at the LA Marathon Kids Miler April 9. PHOTO COURTESY MARATHON KIDS

Local students were given the Nike treatment for their running feats April 9 at the LA Marathon Kids Miler held at Miguel Contreras High School. Kids were encouraged to live healthier and happier lives through running at the event, which offered Nike incentives such as t-shirts, shoe laces and finisher bracelets. The event recognized the accomplishments of more than 2,000 students across LA  who have been running throughout the school year.

Through its program, Marathon Kids urges children of all abilities, ages 4-12 to participate in a goal-driven running program that challenges them to run up to four marathons, 104.8 miles, over the course of a three-, six- or nine-month season. The April 9 event brought together parents and students for a fun, noncompetitive one-mile run to celebrate their individual and collective success this year and to promote the Marathon Kids at Home program, which encourages families to stay active together during the summer.

Nike Athlete and Olympic Hurdler Georganne Moline was on hand to share inspiration around her Olympic journey and ran a portion of the course with event attendees. Together, Nike and Marathon Kids hopes to reach more than half a million kids across the country by the Fall of 2017. The program uses a model of activity logging by kids and coaching guidelines by adults that can be used by schools, community organizations, neighborhoods and families to incorporate running into their daily lives, one mile at a time. To date, 162,940 children have enrolled in the program.

For more information on how to start your own Marathon Kids running club or to support a current program, visit their website.

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