ING KiDS ROCK Gets D.C. Kids on Road to Healthier Lifestyle
Guess what? Kids love running in the rain just as much as they love playing in the snow! It was evident at ING KiDS ROCK D.C. on Friday, March 16, at the D.C. Armory’s Parking Lot 6. The rain couldn’t stop nearly 800 kids in grades K-7 from running their final one mile. “It’s awesome that these kids can boast about being ‘marathoners’ — not something a lot of adults can claim,” said Dr. Andy Baldwin, U.S. Navy physician and ING KiDS ROCK and ING Run For Something Better® ambassador.
During the weeks prior to ING KiDS ROCK D.C., the kids completed 25.2 miles of a 26.2-mile marathon at their own pace using the Official ING Run For Something Better Training Guide. They tracked their mileage with supervision from a parent, teacher or facilitator.
The one-mile, non-timed, non-competitive “fun run” served as the culminating event — a great way for the kids to celebrate their accomplishment. As they crossed the finish line, the kids received medals, T-shirts, goodie bags and lots of “high fives” from Dr. Baldwin, veteran sportscaster Bonnie Bernstein and Olympic medalist Jim Ryun. “Running is fun, and I’m pretty fast,” exclaimed one fifth-grader.
ING KiDS ROCK is one of the largest kids’ running series. The nationwide program is in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and is supported by ING Run For Something Better.