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CATCH® in Motion Kids’ Marathon
“The purpose of the Kids’ Marathon program is to help children establish healthy, active habits early in life.”The CATCH in Motion Kids’ Marathon program provides an opportunity for students in kindergarten through sixth grade to participate in a program that encourages the formation of healthy habits early in life. A full marathon is considered 26.2 miles. Since the kickoff in February, each participating student is encouraged to either walk or run a total distance of 26 miles before the Last Lap Celebration in May, while encouraging their family members to join in on the fun.
CATCH in Motion is a program developed by Shannon Health and Wellness to address the coordinated school health requirements by helping schools provide nutrition and physical education training.
“The purpose of the Kids’ Marathon program is to help children establish healthy, active habits early in life,” says September Summers, program coordinator. “Not only do we want them to understand the multiple benefits of a healthy lifestyle, but we are also showing them how fun it can be.”
The final 0.2 miles of the marathon (one lap around the track) will be completed during the Last Lap Celebration at San Angelo Stadium on May 17, starting at 5 p.m.
“Parents and hometown heroes will cheer the students on as they complete the final lap of their four-month journey to healthy habits,” Summers says.
After the final lap, students will be presented with a water bottle, which they can use to gather autographs from area student-athletes. Parents and students can then participate in activities provided by community-based organizations and learn about programs offered over the summer months to keep kids active and motivated.
Brownwood schools are also participating in the Kids’ Marathon program. They will celebrate their Last Lap at Gordon Wood Stadium in Brownwood on May 19.
An e-newsletter is available for parents and features fun fitness and nutrition tips for families. It also highlights ideas from area children and schools participating in the program. For more information, check out our CATCH in Motion Kids’ Marathon website at www.catchinmotion.org.