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Kids Get Fit with Fun Run

Posted by Carten Cordell / Monday, October 22nd, 2012

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Photo Courtesy of Marine Corps Marathon

When: Oct. 27, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Where: Pentagon North Parking Lot

Registration: $6 per child

Tell your kids to grab their running shoes and get ready for their adrenaline to start pumping.  The Marine Corps Marathon, alongside The Washington Post, will host their annual “Healthy Kids Fun Run” this Saturday in Arlington.  Kids, ages 5-12, will get their daily dose of exercise by running a one-mile course around the Pentagon North Parking Lot. 

The “Healthy Kids Fun Run” started in 2000 to help promote a positive experience with running and to keep kids motivated to be healthy and active.  12 years later the event has gained the largest number of participants yet, with 3,600 kids from over 300 local schools. 

To avoid collision and trampling, all 3,600 kids will be running in waves of 600.  Starting at 9:30 a.m. the first wave will start the day’s run and 30 minutes later the next group will run, so on and so forth.

To keep kids and families entertained before and after the run, Camp Miles will be available.  This all-day activity area will feature exhibits on healthy lifestyles on exercising and dieting, and activities such as face painting, arts and crafts and a meet and greet with mascots from local sponsors.       

By running one mile, participating kids can also help break a world record.  The “Fun Run” is also in participation with the National Geographic Kids’ “Run for the Planet,” an event attempting to break the Guinness World Record of the largest number of people running or walking 100 meters in 24 hours from Oct. 26 at noon EST to Oct. 27 at noon EST.     

Kids can also try and win a reward for their school.  The “Fun Run” will be giving out the Healthy School Award.  The top five schools with the most participants will receive a grant of $1,000 to help bring unique and fun programs to their physical education classes.

The Marine Corps Marathon will also have their “Crystal Run,” an all-day family festival on Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. in Crystal City. Families can enjoy an array of activities while cheering on runners on miles 22 and 23. 

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