FOR the third consecutive year, local Shepparton Runners Club are hosting their ‘Kid’s Marathon’ event to coincide the club’s 15th Annual Marathon Day.
Shepparton Runners Club Publicity Officer, Steven Trevaskis said the incorporation of the kids event is aimed to help children from a young age realise that physical activity is a part of life.
“You don’t have to aim to be an elite athlete, you just have to get out and be active.”
“One km per day is not far for the kids, even prep kids are able to participate, which shows how easy it is. They are able to incorporate walking, to make it achievable for all children of all ages.”
St Georges Road Primary School students are participating in the event for their second time round, taking time out of their recess each day to run the 1km daily requirement around the school oval. At the end of 40 days, students will have racked up the 40km marathon mark.
St Georges Road Primary School Education Support and local Shepparton Runners Club member, Lyn Gawne is coordinating the event at St Georges Road.
Lyn said at the end of the 40km the children feel a real sense of achievement as well as the added benefit of the daily exercise.
“It encourages the students to learn perseverance, especially having to come each day to run.”
“It works out to 120 laps all up, of which the children try and do three each day.”
The final day of the Kid’s Marathon will be held on August 28 commencing at 8am, where the children will complete the final leg of the marathon distance coinciding the Shepparton Runners Club annual Marathon Day. The event will be held at Princess Park in Shepparton, with the running track following the bike paths along the Goulburn and Broken River.
For more information see the online entry form at www.sheppartonmarathon.com.au
St Georges Road Primary School are one of three local schools participating in the Kid’s Marathon. Steven Trevaskis said all schools are welcome to join the program, for more information call 0417 508 145.