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Kids' Marathon returns to Bristol Oct. 2!


September 23, 2021
PLYMOUTH — Mid-State Health Center in partnership with the Bristol Rotary Club and New Hampshire Marathon is the proud sponsor of the Kids' Marathon. The Kids' Marathon will be a FREE event offered to children as part of the New Hampshire Marathon on Saturday, Oct. 2 to promote and foster healthy eating and active living among youth.

Here is how the Kids' Marathon works: All children grade K - 8 are eligible to participate in the Kids' Marathon on race day. The goal is for each registered youth participant to complete 25.2 miles of running/walking/activity prior to the Kids' Marathon, and then to participate in the race in Bristol, NH to complete the final mile of their "marathon" at the Kids' Marathon.

Race Day is Saturday, Oct. 2, along with the NH Marathon. The Kids' Race check-in will begin at 8 a.m. at Kelley Park in Bristol and the race begins just after 9:00 am. Kids will be bussed to the start of the race. Please bring a mask for the bus ride. CDC Guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of the families who are attending the event. Parents/Guardians are asked to please stay onsite while their children complete the race.

Race Start is at the Old Mill Parking Area by the Multi-Use Path in Bristol, across from Old Mill Properties. There will be a celebration immediately following at Kelley Park to recognize this INCREDIBLE achievement for all children who complete the Mid-State Kids' Marathon.

A special marathon medal will be given to each child who brings their completed training log on Race Day! To pre-register for the Free Kids' Marathon online and print the mileage log visit nhmarathon.com or stop by the Tapply-Thompson Community Center for a registration packet. If you would like more information, please contact the NH Marathon: race@nhmarathon.com or call 744-2713.

Running can be done anywhere . . . in a neighborhood, at the beach, at the ball field, or a local track. Children need to be sure they are running in a safe place and parents should know where their children are when running/walking; everyone needs to stay safe. The buddy system keeps kids safe and offers encouragement to all. Wear a good pair of sneakers and try to keep one pair just for running. It is important for kids to eat right, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep as part of an overall exercise program as well.

Mid-State Health Center wishes all the runners, and particularly the youth participants, the very best success in meeting their health and fitness goals as they prepare to compete in the New Hampshire Marathon and Kids' Marathon this October. Mid-State staff will be on hand to volunteer and assist at the Kids' Marathon and look forward to cheering on the kids as they cross the finish line!

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