Fun run lets kids race at marathon

| 13/10/2017
CNS Local Life

Kids taking part in a previous marathon fun run

(CNS Local Life): Organisers of the 2017 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon are again putting on a kids fun run as part of the event, which is set for 3 December. Young people can register for free for the largest primary school running event on island. More than 300 kids took part in last year’s run.

The youngsters who participate in the event will get to cross the same finish line as the adults after a 0.7 mile run from the Government Administration Building. Kids are also encouraged to work towards completing their own marathon, a quarter mile at a time, by completing a runner’s log provided by organisers, stated a press release.

The marathon log was introduced in 2012 as a way for children to keep a record of their activity leading up to the fun run. The goal is to have completed a full marathon (26.2 miles) at the end of the run in December. The first 25.5 miles of the marathon can be accomplished by running, walking, swimming and playing sports. Kids can have their parents, physical education teacher or another adult sign their logs, verifying that they have completed each mile.

This year, sponsor Milo has again donated prizes to encourage children to register and get training early. Every week until the race there will be a random drawing for a prize pack from the list of kids who have already registered. The packs contain an assortment of Milo products and merchandise.

Co-race director Rhonda Kelly of Kelly Holding said, “The best part about the runner’s log programme is getting kids up and moving. They’re learning to train for something and staying active; it’s a fun way to motivate and teach discipline.”

The first kids run took place in 2007, and the number of participating children submitting completed runner’s logs has continued to grow, said the press release.

The Kids Fun Run is open to primary school children ages 5 to 12. Students are encouraged to register online and print out an official 2017 runner’s log. The registration includes a runner’s bib, T-shirt and a Milo bag.

The race begins at 10:30am in front of the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue. The kids will run just over a half a mile to the finish line where they will receive their medals.

Registration for the 2017 Intertrust Cayman Islands Marathon, half marathon and team relay is open online, or at the Kelly Holding office.

For more information, email the organisers or call Bev Sinclair on 623-8822

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