Monday, January 21, 2013
Kids Can Do It, Too!
You don't have to be a grown up to run a marathon! Just ask the thousands of kids who have crossed the finish line in our kids fun runs since 2005.
The Covenant Kids Run is a special event held each year on the day before the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Just like the adults, children get to cross the finish line on the 50-yard line at Neyland Stadium, plus they get their very own medal featuring CKR mascots Ace Strong and Eddie B. Steady.
But the real heart of the Covenant Kids Run starts beating long before race day. The program was designed to inspire and encourage children to start living a more active and healthy lifestyle. When they register for the race, kids receive a log with instructions to keep track of all their exercise and active play. They should try to 25 miles worth of activity, with the kids run representing the 26th mile of their own personal marathon.
Every 30 minutes of running or active play counts as one mile on the Covenant Kids Run training log. So if you attend a one-hour basketball practice, or a one-hour ballet class, you can log two miles. If you go outside and ride your bike with your friends for a couple of hours, you've got four miles for your training log.
On the day of the kids run (the 2013 race is Saturday, April 6), participants get an official race bib, a packet of coupons and other goodies, and a Covenant Kids Run t-shirt. When they cross the finish line, they are handed a high-quality medal on par with what the adults will receive in the full and half marathons the next day.
The Covenant Kids Run is open to children who are in 8th grade or younger, and older family members are welcome to run or walk along with the kids for support and encouragement. For more information about the program, to register, or to find out about the official kick-off at the Knoxville Zoo in February, click the logo below or visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com