Kids to Complete Last Leg of Marathon

Jun 2, 2009


Culmination of 10-Week Effort to Conquer 26.2 Miles

Sunday, June 7, 8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.

More than 200 children from kindergarten through eighth grade are expected to complete the final 1.2-mile leg of the Princeton HealthCare KIDS MARATHON - a 26.2-mile run that was gradually completed over the past 10 weeks.

The run will take place on the Princeton University campus, starting at the stainless steel tiger sculpture at the north entrance of Princeton Stadium. The finish line will be on Weaver Track behind the stadium's southern end.

The Princeton HealthCare KIDS MARATON was launched this year to promote health, combat obesity and help children incorporate fitness into their daily routines. Participants are also raising funds for a children's play area at a new regional hospital now under construction, the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Each child was encouraged to find 10 sponsors to contribute $1 per-mile (a $26 pledge). Each child who raises $260 or more gets their name inscribed on a plaque in the new play area. Additionally, children are being encouraged to complete 26 "Green Deeds" to help the environment.

The event is presented by the Auxiliary of University Medical Center of Princeton.

Each finisher will receive a "space blanket" - a shiny, Mylar blanket typically given runners after marathons.  Participants will also receive medals. Photo opportunities will exist of children wearing these blankets and displaying their medals. The event shall begin at 8 a.m. and last approximately 30 minutes.