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  • KidsMarathon CT concludes with more than 900 students

    The biggest and, by all accounts, best Connecticut KidsMarathon grand finale drew more than 900 elementary school students to the Plumb Hill Playing Fields track on Saturday for a celebration of fitness and healthy lifestyle.

    Pictured are a group of Region 6 elementary school students leading the parade during the KidsMarathon's opening ceremony on Saturday.

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  • Danbury kids and the rest of CT start their Marathon!

    Danbury CT Kids

    Diago Souza, 8, center, a Park Avenue School student, lets out a cheer with fellow elementary school kids prior to the start of a KidsMarathon kickoff on the track at Danbury High School Monday morning, April 2, 2012. Photo: Carol Kaliff.

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  • RepublicanAmerican Give's us a Full Spread!

    RepublicanAmerican's Article on Rod Dixons Kidsmarathon in Connecticut

    John McKenna, a reporter for The RepublicanAmerican, a newspaper for Waterbury, Connecticut, witnessed Rod connecting and inspiring the kids in Connecticut's District 6. 

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  • KidsMarathon Gets Students Moving in Region 6

    Rod with Connecticut Kids

    Rod Dixon, right, leads Region 6 elementary school students on a lap around the athletic fields at Wamogo Regional High School on Tuesday and right, is welcomed by interim Superintendent of Schools Edward Drapp.

    Rod was back in Litchfield on Tuesday to meet with elementary school students in Region 6 who will challenge themselves in this spring’s KidsMarathon program. 

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  • Bring Back the Mile!

    KiDSMARATHON has teamed up with Bring Back the Mile in the promotion of The Mile, a track distance that has incredible cultural significance and appeal but has been diminished in favor of arbitrary 1600m and Olympic 1500m distances in today's track and field scene. One mile is the distance kids run for their celebration event at the end of the KiDSMARATHON program. Our goal with BBTM is to promote the Mile as a metric for improvement in elementary school children. It is then our hope to see kids continue to run the Mile in middle & high school programs across the country.

    Click "Join the Movement" on the BBTM website.

  • Introducing the President's Challenge!

    ING KiDS ROCK is teaming up with The President's Challenge to reach as many kids as possible across the nation. The President's Challenge mission is to promote physical activity that is fun and that you can do on your own, with friends, or family members.

    Check out to find out how you can get started!

  • KiDSMARATHON Partners with ING Kids Rock

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    • 50,000 kids participating

    Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Foundation has been appointed Special Adviser, Consultant and Ambassador to the ING Kids Rock and Kids Rock program. Our shared mission is to create a life-long commitment to good health and fitness habits in children at risk of obesity-related health problems.

  • Connecticut pioneers the first Community KiDSMARATHON Website

    Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON is so excited with the Connecticut Association of Schools KiDSMARATHON program. Check out, the information HUB for Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™ 2012 in Connecticut.

  • A KiDSMARATHON story in Cheshire

    When the final mile started I immediately went to the back of the runners to "run/walk" with the more challenged kids, I recognized that these runners, almost all of whom had done the 6-8 weeks of training, were just going to need a little more encouragement to finish their mile. What was incredible, most of them liked the idea of the run/walk as this suddenly presented something that they could do! Lap after lap we circled and although they were challenged to keep going, the other kids who had now finished came over to encourage and cheer our few runners onto the last lap. Into the final 50 yards the cheering was so strong and everyone at the stadium knew our runners were going to Finish, and the runners knew too, and they raised their hands in Victory as they too had Finished and were Winners!!

    "Finishing is Winning and Winning is Finishing".

    Community Effort!

    This was at Cheshire final mile.

    The Big story behind Finishing is Winning and Winning is Finishing.

    "New York City Marathon 1983, I had just won the Greatest run of my life, I was the very first person from the start line at the Verrazano Bridge on Staten Island to arrive at the Finish line in Central Park New York City. I had run the race of my life through the five boroughs of New York chasing the lead runners and finally catching the leader Geoff Smith from England with just 385 yards to the Finish line.

    I had Finished First, Winning the greatest Race on earth, I thrust my arms up in Victory, dropped to my knees and kissed the ground and looked to the sky to give thanks for Winning this great Race, The New York City Marathon. I was overwhelmed with emotion, and by the excitement of the thousands and thousands of people watching. I waved to everyone, I was interviewed by ABC Television who would broadcast the race around the World, and especially to my home country New Zealand, where all my family were watching. After a few hours of all the congratulations and celebration I went back to the Finish line on my own to savoir my Winning of the Marathon. I watched as thousands of Runners were still Finishing their Marathon, I stood about 100 yards before the Finish line for over an hour, cheering on these people, watching them Finish their Race many hours after I had Finished. All these runners finishing would be so happy, most would raise their hands in Victory, some would jump up and down with happiness, some even danced! I even saw people crying with excitement that they have Finished. I realized that Every Runner who Finished that day, was a Winner, that Finishing is Winning and Winning is Finishing! All of the 20,000 runners who Finished that day were winners just like me."

    And so it is, if you focus all your energies to be the best that you can be, prepare and train to run the run of your "life" to complete what you started and Finish, you are a winner!

    "Finishing is Winning and Winning is Finishing".

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Saucony Run for Good

Today’s Youth across the Globe are considered the most inactive in history, as a result, the rate of obesity among children and teenagers has more than tripled over the past three decades.

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation and Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON Foundation are committed to reversing this trend by offering children the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of running and healthy lifestyle programs for youth