Thursday, July 28, 2011

Kids Run Lets Kids Run a Marathon a Little Bit at a Time

Here's a press release I thought was worth sharing, for those of you living in the Midwest with kids:

The organizers of the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon are trying to encourage kids to seek healthy lifestyles by getting active and running their own special marathon this summer.

According to Kristine Hinrichs, race director for the Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon, “The ‘Kids Run’ is a special a non-competitive marathon race that was created by the organizers of the annual Lakefront Marathon to specifically promote physical activity for kids ages 5-14, and to also hopefully foster a love of running by having them run a marathon (26.2 miles) a little bit at a time.”

To participate children must commit to running 25 miles prior to Friday, September 30, pay a $5 entry fee and complete the run’s registration form at Lakefront Marathon Kids Run 2011.  
Upon acceptance into the “Kids Run”, each child will receives a training t-shirt and logbook where they and their parent, teacher or coach need to input the portions of the 25 mile run that they complete in either 1/4 mile, ½ mile, ¾ mile or 1 mile increments.

Then, on Saturday, October 1, 2011, all “Kids Run” participants will be required to turn in their completed logbooks prior to finishing the last 1.2 miles of the marathon together on the actual Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon race course at 3 p.m. They will be crossing the same finish line as Lakefront Marathon participants. One parent or guardian will be allowed to accompany each child. Upon completion of the full marathon, every “Kids Run” participant will receive a 2011 Lakefront Marathon Kids Run medal, cinch sack, and finish line T-shirt.

“We’re really hopeful that this program will help to educate our local youth about the importance of good health and being active,” adds Hinrichs. “We’d really like to see it have a positive impact on many families in Greater Milwaukee.”

Questions regarding the Kids Run can be directed to

The 31st annual Lakefront Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, October 2, 2011 in Milwaukee. The race is the premier event of the Badgerland Striders running club, and annually fills hotels, restaurants and the streets of Milwaukee's North Shore each October. Every year, more than 3,000 marathon and relay runners come to Milwaukee’s Lakefront for its runner friendly atmosphere. For more information, visit


  1. Very cool! They have something similar here in Madison and the kids finish up the last mile by running around the capital.

    I wish I would have had something like that to get into as a child. I would have realized how much fun running is WAY earlier!

  2. This is really cool. I wish we lived closer. It still might be something we could do with our school and then have the last 1.2 mi on the middle school track. Thanks for sharing this!

  3. They did something like that here too for the Denver Marathon where the kids all got together the day before the race and finished the last 1M of their "marathon." It was awesome! Someday I hope to get my boys involved in something like that!

  4. Smart. Gives kids a long term goal and recognizes the fact that little bodies are nowhere near ready for long sustained efforts. Not that you'd find many kids willing to run 26.2 miles without multiple rest stops to play the Wii though.

  5. They do that sort of thing at a couple of races around here too. I'm sure I'll force...I mean, encourage my kid to do one in a few years.

  6. This is really a great idea. I'm going to share this with my family members who live in Milwaukee.

  7. So stinking cool! We have a kids and adults track race tonight but this looks even cooler!

  8. The log would be a fun way to get the kids ready for their tri - even if they don't participate in the final 1.2m.

  9. holly cow, this is a great idea !!

  10. fantastic idea...wish we were closer....

  11. While I love the idea - what are these kids, pussies? Can't they do the full distance at once?

  12. i love when races tie this event in for the kids! great way to encourage running / exercising regularly and also giving them the experience of a race. hope your kids can run marathons soon! :)

  13. My daughter wants to do this for the KC Marathon/Half in October! Really cool idea. Great way to introduce kids to the sport of running and the amazing experience of race day.

  14. Jake is doing something similar we set up a route around Winter hill , so we split a 14 peak run into sections so that Jake could achieve this.


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