Oct. 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES - UCLA Athletics hosted the fifth annual Marathon Kids Kick Off Celebration on Saturday, October 23, as approximately 5,000 kindergarten through fifth graders, their families, teachers and volunteers were in attendance at Drake Stadium. Several Bruin student-athletes volunteered to help with the start line and surrounded the track to cheer on the participants as they ran their first lap. Participants were rewarded with water bottles, stickers, UCLA posters and autographs from Bruin student-athletes.
The annual Kick Off Celebration marks the beginning of the five-month program that encourages Marathon Kids to learn to live an active and healthy lifestyle. 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, and even learn to grow fruits and veggies! Participants are invited to come back to UCLA for the Final Mile Medal Celebration at Drake Stadium on Saturday, March 5, 2010.
Marathon Kids® is a free, fifteen-year-old, trademarked, incremental, school and community based fitness program. Approximately 20,000 kindergarten to fifth-graders from the Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Redondo Beach and Long Beach school districts, as well as private schools and home-schooled children and independent families. Physical educators, classroom teachers, and parents have incorporated Marathon Kids into their curriculum, after school programs, and at home with their families.
For more information on Marathon Kids please visit www.marathonkids.org.