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Our Program

When and Where:
Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 10:00am
Hickory American Legion Fairgrounds

Who Participates:
Children, ages 5-12 years (K-6), including children with special needs, are invited to participate in the 1.2 mile, non-competitive fun run.

How to Register:
Register as participant of your Elementary School with your P.E. teacher. Then begin tracking your miles to prepare for the final mile!

Why Participate:
1) Combat childhood obesity
2) Promote healthy living
3) Encourage kids to set and achieve goals
4) Help those in need in our community -- Elementary school with the highest percentage of participation will receive $2500 toward education expense.

The Kids Marathon is not an event to select the fastest runner in the elementary schools. The Kids Marathon is an event to instill the youth of our community are educated on the positive aspects of fitness and healthy lifestyles. We have a national crisis in that our young people, as well as the adults, are overweight. Their lives will be enhanced by having good habits of regular exercise.

The Kids Marathon has been designed by a doctor with major concern about our population being overweight. Along with other colleagues the kids marathon has contributed funds to offer to the elementary schools as an incentive to have their students enroll in the program. A t-shirt with the logo of the event will be given to each participant and will also receive a medallion when they finish the last mile.


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.

Forms & Links

Kids Marathon Purpose and Information Updated: Nov. 23, 2013
Kids Marathon Registration Form Updated: Nov. 23, 2013
Kids Marathon Participant Chart Updated: Nov. 23, 2013
Kids Marathon School Registration Updated: Nov. 23, 2013
Ready to become a member of our community and start achieving your goals?

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