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500 kids set to run in The Woodlands Marathon


By Tamra Santana February 13, 2015

The Woodlands Marathon is reaching all age groups.

About 500 children will be running in The Woodlands Marathon this year, and more than 100 of them will be receiving a finishers' medal for running 26.2 miles.

The children, ages 4 to 13, are part of The Woodlands Running Club's Juniors Running Program and have been logging miles since the fall.

More than 100 of them, and possibly up to 150 of them, will have logged 25 miles by the marathon. And then they will finish the final 1.2 miles during the family Fun Run/Walk on Feb. 27, starting at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

"It introduces them to a sport they can do their entire life," said Suz White, coach for the juniors program. "Anything you can do to get kids away from screen time. And they look forward to it. It's something they want to come and do."

Registration starts during the beginning of the school year to give the children enough time to log 25 miles.

"As long as, prior to race day, they log 25 miles, when they cross that 2K finish line on Friday night, that will complete their 26.2 and then they get their marathon medal," said Jon Walk, media relations coordinator with the marathon.

The Junior Running Club has practice three days a week at Woodlands area schools. Kids can choose to come to one or all three of the practices to log miles.

 

"Some kids run a mile, some run six, some run half-hour; it's very flexible," White said.

And it's low stress and affordable, she said. The cost to join is $26 per family.

"Often the parents get out and run with the kids, so it's a very good family thing to do," White said.

This will be the fourth consecutive year for The Woodlands Marathon, which returned after an 18-year hiatus in 2012.

The Marathon, which is Feb. 28, starts on Six Pines Drive and finishes behind the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

"We're expecting 7,000 to 8,000 runners among all the races," Walk said. "Each year it has grown in the number of participants."

In addition to the Fun Run on Feb. 27, the marathon includes a half marathon, a relay and a 5K, also on Feb. 28.

The mile markers have already been spray painted along the course, Walk said. Official signs will be put up closer to the race.

The race course has already been certified by USA Track & Field, Walk said.

There will be an opening ceremony on Feb. 27 at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center, where the marathon is also holding its health and wellness expo.

The health and wellness expo will start at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26 and continue 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 27.

This year's expo will have at least 45 different vendors. Vendor space is full and there is currently a waiting list, Walk said.

While The Woodlands Marathon will mean road closures for the morning of Feb. 28, it will also bring added revenue for the Township.

The event brings in visitors to The Woodlands from all over North America and Mexico, and visitors stay in local hotels and dine in area restaurants, Walk said.

"And, it's not only bringing runners to the community, more importantly it's building that next generation of runners and building a healthy and active lifestyle for our kids," Walk said.

Schedule of events

What: Health and Fitness Expo

When: Feb. 26, 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Feb. 27 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott-North Exhibit Hall, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive

What: Marathon welcome

When: Feb. 27, 11 a.m. at the Health and Fitness Expo

Where: The Woodlands Waterway Marriott-North Exhibit Hall, 1601 Lake Robbins Drive

What:Patherfinder Pediatric Homecare 2K Fun Run/Walk

When: Feb. 27, 6:30 p.m.

Start Line: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, 2005 Lake Robbins Drive

What: Fidelity Investments The Woodlands Marathon, St. Luke's The Woodlands Half Marathon, Fleet Feet Sports 5K, Marathon Relay

When: Feb. 28. Marathon, half marathon and marathon relay at 7 a.m. 5K at 7:10 a.m.

Where: Marathon and relay start line at Six Pines Drive. Half marathon and 5K start line at Lake Robbins Drive in front of Town Green Park

Online: http://thewoodlandsmarathon.com/

http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/woodlands/news/article/500-kids-set-to-run-in-The-Woodlands-Marathon-6079563.php

 

 

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