Lawrence community's marathon club for kids to have kick-off party Sunday

The Lawrence community’s "One Mile At A Time" marathon club for elementary school students is having a kick-off party Sunday.

Students who sign up for the club will receive a T-shirt and a packet of information that includes tips on running and nutrition and sheets to log their miles. The goal is to complete a marathon, 26.2 miles, between Sunday and April 22, which is the Kansas Half Marathon event in Lawrence.

Kylene Etzel, Lawrence Hy-Vee dietitian, said the goal of the free program is to provide an incentive for students to keep moving, even during winter months. She said students receive a special stamp and coupons for every five miles they run.

The kick-off party is from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the parking lot of the Clinton Parkway Hy-Vee, 3504 Clinton Parkway. There will be special announcements and then a warm-up at 3:30 p.m. with Lawrence fitness guru Don “Red Dog” Gardner. A one-mile run will begin at 3:45 p.m., followed by food and entertainment from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you can’t make the party, Etzel said students can sign up at anytime in the pharmacy department at Lawrence Hy-Vee stores, 4000 W. Sixth St. or 3504 Clinton Parkway.

Tagged: One Mile At A Time Marathon Club, run, fitness


Robert Rauktis 7 years ago

Why do they always have to frame something in adult terms? Why can't they just be kids and be disorganized?

Anyhow, that kind of sustained activity might be dodgy on growing limbs. It's probably questionable for the whole ADULT population.

There is a happy medium between sustained video screen gazing and the youngest-to-do-whatever. How about something with social skils and without text messaging?

talktobert 7 years ago

I've got a great race for those kids to run the following weekend! The Nash Dash and Bash is a 5K 10K race followed by kids activities and live music on the 600 block of Mass! Check out the Nash Dash and Bash website: and friend us on facebook!

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