Registration Underway for PHCS Kids Marathon

Aug 8, 2014

There is still time to sign up for this year's Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) Kids Marathon, a fun event that strives to help youngsters incorporate exercise into their daily lives as they support a great cause.

Children in grades K through 8 may participate in the Kids Marathon by running, walking or rolling a total 25 miles over a period of several weeks. Participants will finish the final 1.2 miles together on Sunday, October 12, at West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South.

Registration and parental permission are required. Registration is $25, and proceeds raised by the event support the care of infants and children at the Bristol-Myers Squibb Community Health Center at University Medical Center of Princeton.

The Kids Marathon is hosted by PHCS in partnership with Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center. The premier sponsor of this year's event is Church & Dwight Co. Inc., makers of L'il Critters gummy vitamins.

In addition to the final leg of the Kids Marathon, the October 12 event will feature kids' crafts, local vendors, water ice and activities for the whole family. Last year, 550 children participated in the Kids Marathon.

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PHCS initiated the Kids Marathon in 2009 as a way to combat childhood obesity. More than one-third of children and adolescents in the United States are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled among adolescents during the past 30 years. The potential health risks posed by childhood obesity include asthma and obstructive sleep apnea, as well as long-term, chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit

Andy Williams, 609-252-8785