Each year we challenge the kids in our community to complete 26.2 miles. Some run the entire distance; others walk some. In the end, it doesn’t matter. It’s never about how fast or slow they go; it’s about setting a goal and doing what it takes to get it done -- and finish it they do. But why do we do it?
Combat childhood obesity
For children ages 5 to 12, the obesity rate has quadrupled over the last 30 years. In North Carolina, over one million young people are considered obese - an estimated $302 million in medical costs is attributed to these children.
Promote healthy living
Not only do we get the kids moving 26.2 miles, but parents and siblings are encouraged to be active training partners. Our weekly training clinics focus on proper running techniques, safety and the importance of nutrition and healthy eating. Plus, our group runs foster social interaction for the kids and parents alike.
Encourage kids to set - and achieve - goals for themselves
It is non-competitive in nature - you don’t have to run/walk at a certain speed; nor do you have to score a goal. Aside from a decent pair of shoes, there’s no expensive or bulky equipment to purchase. By educating kids on safety and nutrition, we’re providing a solid foundation for a safe, active, healthy lifestyle. Plus, it strengthens social bonds by giving the kids a sense of belonging within the group while building a sense of community.