Due to the tremendous success of over 120 kids participating in its inaugural year, we are not only pleased to announce an updated program for this year but are extremely excited to set a new goal of getting over 200 participants this year! With your help of spreading the word and sharing your child's success stories, we can and will reach our mission of helping our area kids stay motivated, active and healthier through running.
Each child receives: coveted "I Can 26.2 It!" t-shirt (with special new motivator design this year), chart with weekly mileage and parental verification, weekly e-mails to motivate and educate, a couple planned "group outings" for fun, fitness and food! And of course...the opportunity to run through the same finishing chute as the MLFM runners only minutes behind! Oh....and the super huge smile of satisfaction on their face when they get their finishers medal!
Over the course of 10 weeks, weekly mileage will be built incrementally so that 25 miles will be completed by marathon day. Then on October 5 at 9:15am, the kids are led on a secured 1.2 mile route around the Veterans Park lagoon and through the finishers chute of the Lakefront Marathon where parents, spectators and other athletes and supporters are crazily cheering them on.
This program would not be possible without the incredible donation of time and talents of: individuals who have stepped up to help on this and the Community Unity Run (a 2.62 mile event for everyone on marathon morning), In-Step Running and Physical Therapy Centers, Girls On the Run of Greater Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Police Department Endurance Club and of course the Badgerland Striders' Running Club. Please thank them for their time and devotion if you feel this program was a benefit to your young athlete.
We are here to help the kids of Greater Milwaukee lead happier, healthier lives through the sport of running and we hope to have the opportunity to work with your child soon!
Online registration is Open and will close on July 14. Click here to register.
What is the Lakefront Marathon Kids Run?
In an effort to promote the importance of being active to the youth, the Badgerland Striders with support from Girls on the Run and the Milwaukee Police Department Endurance Club are proud to present an opportunity for kids heading into grades 3-8. This 10-week program will encourage kids to commit to a weekly mileage running plan in an effort to complete 25 miles leading up to a final 1.2 mile run with ALL the LFM Kids Run participants and crossing the official Milwaukee Lakefront Marathon finish banner to the cheers and applause of family, friends, coaches and community supporters.
Each participant will receive:
- a training shirt that says, "I Can 26.2 It!"
- a LFM route map with mile markers that can be filled in as you complete each mile toward your 26.2 end goal
- weekly motivational emails with encouragement and inspiration
- a mileage plan to assist with keeping a steady mileage towards the end goal
- two large group "training fun runs" will be offered during the program and Girls on the Run or the Milwaukee Police Department Endurance Club will not only offer tips on running but will also speak about such topics as: esteem, respect, discipline and goal-setting.
Parents/Guardians will play a vital role in the participants success and we encourage the parents to not only "sign off" on confirming the child’s progress but to become a local "coach" to your child’s friends, neighbors and acquaintances. This program and final run is NOT intended to be a race and is being made available to encourage all youth to stay active through the sport of running.
The Training Program is only $15 and starts July 28th. Sign up today or e-mail Race Director with any questions. A VERY special thanks to the Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Police Department Endurance Club organizations for their support and coordination efforts.
On Sunday, October 5, 2014, participants will run 1.2 miles on the race course. Participants will cross the same finish line as Lakefront Marathon runners, complete with cheering fans and official announcer! Afterward, stick with us in the finish area for some post-run snacks, games, and entertainment to celebrate.
What time does the race take place?
Start time for the 2014 Kids Run is 9:15 a.m.
Send us an email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org