KIDS MARATHON Registration Now Open

Feb 3, 2010

Popular Event Promoting Healthy Habits Returns for Second Year

Registration is now open for the Princeton HealthCare KIDS MARATHON - a 26.2-mile run completed over 10 weeks, culminating in a final, festive sprint on the Princeton University Campus.

The marathon, presented by the Auxiliary of University Medical Center of Princeton, encourages children to tackle 2.5 miles each week starting March 20 - the first day of spring - leading up to the big event: a final, 1.2-mile "Fun Run" June 6 at Princeton University.

Participants are offered a variety of ways to go the distance - jogging, playing youth sports like baseball and soccer, walking to school, and more. Children with disabilities are also encouraged to enter. Participants also receive small prizes every two weeks that mark each five miles conquered, and encourage them onward to their goal.

"The Kids Marathon is designed to promote good health and help children incorporate fitness into their daily routines," said event co-chair Amy Rabner. "We all know that obesity is a growing problem among school-aged children with serious and life-long consequences. The time to start building healthy habits is now."

Participants are also helping to raise funds for the Pediatric Clinic at University Medical Center at Princeton. Each child is encouraged to find 10 sponsors to contribute $1 per-mile (a $26 pledge).

The KIDS MARATHON is open to kindergarteners to eighth graders. A $25 registration fee includes a t-shirt, a commemorative medal, prizes for every five miles logged, as well as goodie bags, snacks and Mylar blankets - the shiny, metallic wrapping typically given to marathon runners after a race.

To register, and for more information, visit the event's web site at or call the auxiliary at 609. 497. 4069.

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Children take off for the final, 1.2-mile leg of the Princeton HealthCare KIDS MARATON last June on the Princeton University campus. More than 250 children joined in the event, which challenged participants to gradually complete a full 26.2-mile marathon over 10 weeks. Photo by  Leigha Emma Cohen.