Fitness for Kids Marathon
More than 150 elementary school children and parents participated
in the Hard Core Runners Club, Second Annual Fitness for Kids Marathon
at Sarg Hubbard Park on June 5th.
As you know, marathons are 26.2 miles. For the Kids Marathon, the kiddos recorded
their first 25 miles of running and/or walking, supervised by an adult, and
based on the honor system. The students recorded and kept track their miles
for April, May until June 5th.
The culminating event was a 1.2 mile (well…’there abouts’)
run/walk for the participants and parents at Sarg Hubbard Park. The Fitness
for Kids Marathon was not a race, and its goals were for children to have fun,
gain endurance, build confidence, promote family participation, and learn about
making healthful, lifestyle choices. That being said, check out the times of
the first finishers… WAY fast! Sheesh!!! ?
Directors Barry and Sarah James would like to thank Janis and Jack Carlton,
Hard Core Runner Treasurers, for all their help organizing the event. A number
of volunteers also helped with registration and various other jobs at the final
event: Megan Brown, Debbie Gaidos, Stephanie Gress, Eva Lust, Camille Rimmer,
Sally Schlect, and Pam Wyatt. Thank you!
To keep costs down for kids, the Fitness for Kids Marathon relies on sponsors.
The event would not have been possible without generous donations from: WSECU,
Orchard-Rite, Rev-it-Up, dentists Doran and Ronald Riehl, the Yakima Greenway
Foundation, Meadowbrook Family Fun Center, Yakima Athletic Club, Coca-Cola,
Orthopedic Physical Therapy, Argus Insurance, and BCC Investments. Our sponsors
kept entrance fees low (only $5), giving each child participating a cool t-shirt,
water bottle, bracelet, finisher ribbon, and other fun items.
Look for next year’s event to be bigger and better than ever! Thanks
for all the support!!