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Torrington Announces to be Part of KiDSMARATHON CT

November 24, 2015 12:00 am Published by Comments Off on Torrington Announces to be Part of KiDSMARATHON CT

TORRINGTON >> City elementary school students will run the distance of a marathon over the remainder of the school year, according to Interim Superintendent Lynda Reitman, who discussed the planned initiative at the most recent meeting of the Board of Education. “We have already got on board every elementary school. Grades three through five will be running 25.2 miles during the course of the school year,” said Reitman.

Introducing Dublin, Ireland KiDSMARATHON!

November 11, 2015 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

  Over 600 sixth class pupils from 22 Fingal schools have been taking part in an eight-week program, having trained four times a week in their school. The program culminated in the students running their Final Mile at the Dublin Marathon! Read the full article > More articles from Dublin, Ireland: West Dublin primary school pupils are on course for a marathon finish Local School Children to Join Dublin Marathon

Santa Barbara Final Mile Celebration!

May 29, 2015 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Santa Barbara KIDs getting ready to start the final mile of their KiDSMARATHON program! Much thanks to Ryan Lamppa and the Bring Back the Mile organization for covering it and cheering on our KIDs! Find more photos and videos on the Bring Back the Mile Instagram and Facebook pages.

Republican American: Marathon man is back

April 15, 2015 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

(by John McKenna) Runner Rod Dixon returns to promote fitness for kids A sure sign of spring locally is the sight of running legend Rod Dixon making the rounds at elementary schools to promote his Kids Marathon program, and stressing the importance of physical activity and healthy eating habits. Dixon, winner of the 1983 New York City Marathon and a bronze medalist in the 1,500 meters in the 1972 Summer Olympics, visited East School and Forbes School on Friday to help students get thei...

Students Train for KiDSMARATHON 2015

April 1, 2015 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

It's no joke, KiDSMARATHON training is in full swing on both coasts! The West Coast Community Magazine highlighted the Chino Hills program where Rod visited recently.   Rod Dixon, Olympic medalist, New York City Marathon champion, and Kiwi (New Zealander), created KiDSMARATHON for elementary school students from 4th through 6th grades, in an effort to educate children of the importance of physical activity and healthy eating.

Republican-American: Running the Final Mile

June 10, 2014 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

(by John McKenna) LITCHFIELD — On a perfect late-spring morning Saturday, about 500 local elementary school students finished what they started back in April. They did so on the track at Plumb Hill Playing Fields in the grand finale of Kids Marathon, a fitness program founded by former world class runner Rod Dixon in his native New Zealand in 1990. Students from Litchfield, Warren, Morris, Goshen, Torrington, Sherman and Washington, along with many of their teachers, ran one mile to conclude the...

Waterbury CT and KiDSMARATHON Win $120,000 USCM Grant!!

June 7, 2014 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Rod with Mayor Neil O'Leary and his staff The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) selected Waterbury, Connecticut's Mayor Neil O'Leary and the  KidsMarathon Program as the winners of the 2014 Childhood Obesity Prevention Awards, during its 82nd Winter Meeting in Washington, DC. The awards went to cities with outstanding programs that encourage healthy weight through balanced diet choices and regular physical activity. (via US Conference of Mayors) The grant will support...

The Waterbury Connecticut Final Mile

June 5, 2014 12:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

(via Waterbury Observer) Rod Dixon, an Olympic medalist from New Zealand and 1983 New York City Marathon winner had tears in his eyes tonight as he took in the swarm of 1,607 kids that had poured into Library Park to finish the final mile of The Rod Dixon Kid's Marathon. The kids were all buzzing with anticipation and lit up when the Olympian paid a visit to each group to pep them up. They peppered him with questions about his fasted mile time and how old was he when he started to run.