Nov. 3, 2009
LOS ANGELES - UCLA Athletics hosted the Marathon Kids Kick Off Celebration on Saturday, Oct. 24, as approximately 5,000 kindergarten through fifth graders, their families, teachers and volunteers were in attendance at Drake Stadium to officially begin the goal of running or walking 26.2 miles over the next five months.
During the five-month period, children accompanied by their parents will run or walk quarter to half-mile segments towards their goal of the marathon distance of 26.2 miles. In addition to the running, Marathon Kids are encouraged to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day for 26.2 days each month as part of the nutrition program. The program concludes with the Final Mile Medal Celebration at Drake Stadium on Saturday, March 6, 2010. Approximately 15,000 Los Angeles-area children are registered for this year's event.
In its fourth year in Los Angeles, Marathon Kids is a free program open to all groups of children who are in the kindergarten to fifth-grade school range in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach and Long Beach school districts, as well as private schools and home-schooled children. The program targets kids who are most vulnerable to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes.