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Republican-American: Running the Final Mile

(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...

June 10, 2014 12:00 am

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

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...

June 7, 2014 12:00 am

The Waterbury Connecticut Final Mile

(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.

June 5, 2014 12:00 am

We Made It! 10,000 Miles Run 4 Good

A screenshot from Rod Dixon's phone. His 3 miles this morning were definitely part of the final mile in hitting our goal of 10,000 in the month of May! 36 hours to spare.

June 2, 2014 12:00 am

KiDSMARATHON Honored in Waterbury Memorial Day Parade

In 1976 Rod Dixon was an Olympic runner for New Zealand and was chosen to carry the Kiwi flag into the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Canada. A shoulder injury kept Dixon from actually carrying the flag, and he came in 4th place in one of the most dramatic 5000 meter races in history. Thirty eight years later Rod Dixon had the opportunity to carry the New Zealand flag through the streets of Waterbury during a parade Saturday morning at The Gathering.

May 29, 2014 12:00 am

CT Gov Malloy Praises the Success of the Waterbury Program

250 KiDSMARATHON students, along with their Mentors and Coaches walked in the parade in support of the Waterbury KiDSMARATHON program. Governor Malloy gave his support and congratulations to the office of Mayor O'Leary for the success of the program.  1650 KiDS are currently signed up and "in training" for the June 4th Final Mile Celebration! To the left: KiDSMARATHON Rod Dixon with Connecticut Governor Dannel P. Malloy at the City of Waterbury Parade Saturday, May 17th.

May 18, 2014 12:00 am

KiDSMARATHON Chosen as Run4Good Foundation!

Global performance running footwear and apparel brand Saucony and the Saucony Run for Good Foundation, established to help combat childhood obesity by providing financial support to community-based youth running programs, have announced KiDSMARATHON as it's grant recipient for the month of May! Download the app Run your miles and earn funds for Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Foundation! Also, if the app records 10,000 miles for the KiDSMARATHON Foundation in the mont...

May 1, 2014 12:00 am

Start 'Em Young!

T. J. Murphy dives into the motivation and keys to success behind Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON...

April 13, 2014 12:00 am

Rod Dixon, Mayor Neil O'Leary Help Launch Kid's Marathon In Waterbury

Rod Dixon - "Lots of schools and students are signing up and the enthusiasm is growing in Connecticut. Schools are really into it and there's such a different in acceptance of the idea than years ago." Just yesterday in the Waterbury Observer - "Long-distance running legend, Rod Dixon, of New Zealand, was back in Waterbury Thursday morning to help kick-off the second year of his Kid’s Marathon running program in the city. Dixon won the bronze medal in the 1500 meter run at the 1972 Olympics...

March 28, 2014 12:00 am