The Little Rockers Kids Marathon is a part of New Haven Elementary School’s tradition of co-ed final mile programs. Every year in December or January, Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Roth find marathon race franchises that incorporate the kids marathon program. This year’s marathon race and program is based in Little Rock, Arkansas. Runalicious, meaning, as Mrs. Roth put it, “very appealing to our runners as they receive a piece of candy after their hard work running,” is the race’s theme.
After school, on every Monday since January 9th, 37 students from kindergarten to 7th grade meet with several teachers and parents in the elementary school cafeteria. They get into running, running/walking, and walking groups with 1 adult. With those groups, they run from 3:00 to 3:45, around the school, the park, or downtown. In a total of 8 Mondays, the participants are to complete 25 miles.
Mrs. Meyer, Mrs. Roth, and Mrs. Kinerk will be walking/running in the half marathon there on Sunday, March 5th. They will pick up medals and shirts for the those participating. On the following day, March 6th, at 3:30 P.M., the participants of Little Rockers will run their 26th consecutive mile in the park.
Eileen Roth, New Haven’s K-8 counselor, says, “The purpose of the program is to improve student health, to keep kids active, to help kids develop a love for running, and to have fun. Out-of-state marathons are chosen because the medals are much cooler and it is fun to learn about different states each year.”
Jayla Pataky, a first grade member of the Little Rockers, states, “I love running with Mrs. Roth and Ms. Lucy! I like these days because I get to run with all my friends and I am excited to finish and get my medal and t-shirt.”
Good luck in your final mile, students, and especially to the teachers running the half marathon March 5th! You are runalicious!