High school athletes start out as elementary school athletes or middle school athletes. But sometimes those burgeoning athletes need a little bit of encouragement to find their legs, and more importantly perhaps inspiring an active lifestyle in students who may not be natural athletes. Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON program provides an opportunity for those elementary and middle school students to get active, and it’s a great chance for high school athletes and teams to serve as inspiration and mentors to young kids.
KiDSMARATHON is an 8 week training program that enables kids to complete a full marathon by running incremental distances each week leading up to the finish in front of hundreds of fans at regional celebration sites at the end of the school year. Olympic Medalist and New York City Marathon winner Rod Dixon is the founder of KiDSMARATHON. Dixon has implemented the popular program in several states and as far across the globe as New Zealand. During the project, elementary students ages 7-12 develop life-long fitness skills, social-emotional learning, a feeling of accomplishment, and self-confidence. The mantra of the program is “Finishing is winning and winning is finishing.
The 2016 KiDSMARATHON programs are underway, with the culminating events scheduled throughout Connecticut beginning in mid-May. This is a great chance for your student-athletes to get involved and make a difference with young students and in their community. Take a look at the upcoming events and the schools participating and see if there is a school to which you can reach out and serve as volunteers. The culminating events are tremendous celebrations of accomplishments by these young participants and having your teams take part will only add to the experience.