One of the many factors behind my desire to run a race like the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon (which is in less than 2 weeks, yikes!) is to be a good role model to my kids. I am driven by the fact that they are seeing me make sacrifices to get up early on Saturday mornings and to squeeze in mid-week runs for my training. I want to show them, rather than just tell them, that they can do whatever they set their mind to. I also want exercise and nutrition to be a part of their everyday lives.
Recently I learned of an awesome event called ING KiDS ROCK where kids can experience the exhilaration of running across a finish line for themselves. ING KiDS ROCK gives K-7 graders the experience of running a marathon, one mile at a time. It takes place in seven cities around the country, always in conjunction with a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon. Basically, kids train for 6-8 weeks prior to race day, on their own time, whenever they can fit it in to their schedules with the help of parents, teachers and coaches, and then the last mile of the race is run at the final event, the ING KiDS ROCK.
This nationwide athletic program is supported by the ING Run For Something Bettercharity, a nonprofit organization that funds running fitness programs across the country. Such fitness programs challenge kids to get out from behind their computer screens and tech gadgets and get to movin’. They encourage kids to adopt a healthy lifestyle and make fitness a habit rather than a chore—the exact messages I am trying to convey to my kids at home.
Doctor Andy Baldwin, local San Diego Navy doctor and former Bachelor contestant, is the Ambassador for ING Run For Something Better. Later this week I will be interviewing the handsome physician on how we as parents can help make nutrition and exercise a integral part of our kids’ lives and will post the Q & A early next week. If you have any questions for Andy, you can leave them in the comments or email me at mary [at] mamamaryshow [dot] com.
Early Entry Fee is $25.00 (ends May 29th so hurry!)
Expo Registration is $30.00
(Scholarships for low-income schools are available as well, please check the site for more info).
Entry fee includes: A training guide, a finisher’s medal, an ING KiDS ROCK T-shirt, a goodie bag and post-race refreshments.