Over 7,000 kids Committed to Fitness at ING KiDS ROCK Nashville
A record 7,125 kids crossed the same finish line as adults who ran the Country Music Marathon and Half Marathon when they participated in the ING KiDS ROCK Nashville on Friday, April 27 at LP Field, home of the Tennessee Titans. This was a huge increase from the 4,700 kids who participated in the event last year, making it one of the largest kids’ races in the country.
Olympians Jim Ryun and Rod Dixon cheered on the kids, giving high fives to as many as they could when they crossed the finish line. Thousands of spectators, parents, families and friends offered encouragement, too.
Hangin’ with Stogie, a young girls country pop band from Fredericksburg, Va., helped get the kids pumped up prior to the race, playing familiar tunes that the kids enjoyed.
Schools Get Creative to Fight Childhood Obesity
The surrounding schools were creative with their efforts to engage the students in the Official ING Run For Something Better® Training Guide to prepare for ING KiDS ROCK. One school principal promised to sleep on the roof of his school if over 400 kids signed up to become marathon finishers by completing 25.2 miles of a 26.2 mile marathon at their own pace. Who knew a school’s roof could be so comfortable? Six teachers/administrators at another school motivated their students by agreeing to be “slimed.”