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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.

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