March 12, 2012
UCLA Athletics hosted the Sixth Annual Marathon Kids Final Mile Medal Celebration on Saturday, Mar. 10 at Drake Stadium. Over 8,000 kindergarten through 5th graders and their families and teachers from around the greater Los Angeles Area returned to mark the end of the five-month program. Bruin alumna and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper welcomed the participants on behalf of UCLA.
Participants ran the final lap and a half of their incremental 26.2 mile marathon and were awarded their participant medals by UCLA student-athletes and community volunteers. Over 150 Bruin student-athletes and staff were on hand to hand out medals and cheer on the participants as they accomplished their goal.
This is the sixth year that UCLA Athletics has hosted the Marathon Kids program. Marathon Kids® is a 15-year-old non-profit organization that targets children most vulnerable to childhood obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Birthed as a grassroots initiative, it is now in several Texas cities (Austin, Dallas, Houston, Rio Grande Valley), as well as Baltimore and Chicago. There are over 172,000 kindergarten through 5th graders now participating in the nationally recognized, free Marathon Kids Program.
For more information on Marathon Kids, please visit www.marathonkids.org.