Kingston—Students are helping to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games by running their own personal marathon or half marathon. On Wednesday, May 18, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:00 to 2:00 p.m., students will gather on CaraCo Home Field in Kingston to complete the final kilometer of their marathon or half marathon. Over the past number of months, students have set personal running goals and have logged almost the total distance of a marathon (42.2 kilometres) or a half marathon (21.1 kilometres). Students are gathering together from across the KFL&A area to run the last kilometre of their personal race. Approximately 1,000 students and staff from 18 schools in the Limestone District and the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District school boards will participate in this physical activity event.
“Only nine percent of Canadian children aged 5 to 17 years meet the daily recommendation of at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity,” said Lara Paterson, physical activity specialist with KFL&A Public Health and the Limestone District School Board. “Encouraging children to set activity goals when they are young will help them to establish a life-long habit of being active.”
For more information, contact:
Teacher and Marathon Club Organizer
Limestone District School Board