Even if you’re not a runner (or anything even remotely close), you’re likely still aware that Nashville hosts one of the most popular marathons in the country each year, and it’s coming up this weekend.
Did you know that part of the annual marathon festivities includes a race just for kids? It’s true! And it’s fun!
For the 10th straight year, the ING Kids Rock Nashville (formerly known as the YMCA Country Music Kid’s Marathon) lets runners and walkers from Kindergarten through 7th grade participate in a modified marathon just for kids.
The format is extremely popular among local schools as an interesting and engaging ways to encourage children to be active, and for good reason. Participating kids run 25.2 miles on their own in the weeks leading up to race day, and then run the final mile together during the big event. They get to pick up race numbers and their t-shirt at the expo alongside the “big” half and full marathon runners and then experience the thrill of an organized race.
With over 4,000 participants last year, it’s no wonder the event sold out weeks in advance in 2011. BUT that doesn’t mean you can’t still get in on the fun. Bring your kids down to cheer on the runners along the course route and get them excited about participating next year! Or, have them join the crowds on Marathon Day (Saturday, April 30th) and enjoy what’s sure to be a gorgeous day in Nashville this weekend!
The ING Kids Rock Nashville race takes place this Friday, April 29th at LP Field downtown between 5-7:00pm.