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Kids in Motion — Registration is Open for 11th Annual Kids Marathon

May 1, 2019
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Young people across central New Jersey are encouraged to join the fun and get in the habit of regular activity through the Kids Marathon, a 10-week event presented each year by Penn Medicine Princeton Health’s Community Wellness Department.

The 11th annual Kids Marathon will conclude Sunday, June 23, with a 1.2-mile fun run at Educational Testing Service (ETS), 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, N.J. Until then, participants try to rack up 25 miles of activity on their own.

“Almost anything can count toward the total — gym class, organized sports, riding your bike, walking to school, household chores,” said Debbie Millar, Director of Princeton Health's Community Wellness Department. “We also sponsor free, kid-friendly classes in exercise, gardening, nutrition and cooking that kids can complete to earn miles toward their total.”

Why We Do It

Princeton Health initiated the Kids Marathon in 2009 to raise awareness of the dangers of childhood obesity and promote regular physical activity for all children.

The percentage of children with obesity in the United States has more than tripled since the 1970s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

How It Works

Young people in grades pre-K through 8 strive to run, walk, roll 25 miles — or an average 2.5 miles per week — during the weeks leading up to Sunday, June 23.

On that day, the marathoners gather for a 1.2-mile fun run at ETS, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, N.J., completing the full 26.2-mile distance of a marathon.

How to Sign Up

Parents, visit or call 1-888-897-8979.

The cost is $25 per child. Free scholarships are available. Call 609-897-8982 to learn more.

CELEBRATION—Princeton Health Turns 100!

This year’s Kids Marathon is one of several community events that will highlight the upcoming 100th anniversary of Princeton Medical Center. Kids Marathon participants are invited to come out early on June 23 for a special photo opportunity to mark the centennial. Parents will receive additional details after registering their children.

About Penn Medicine Princeton Health
Penn Medicine Princeton Health is one of the most comprehensive healthcare systems in New Jersey, providing acute care hospital services through Princeton Medical Center; behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health; in-home nursing, rehabilitation and hospice care through Princeton HomeCare; primary and specialty care through Princeton Medicine Physicians; ambulatory surgery and wellness services. For more information, visit Penn Medicine Princeton Health is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS), which, together with the University of Pennsylvania’s Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine, forms Penn Medicine, one of the world’s leading academic medical centers, dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical research and excellence in patient care.

Andy Williams, 609-252-8785

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