New year off to a strong start!

The Marathon Kids One Million Kilometre Challenge is well and truly underway with more than 19,000km already recorded by children as schools continue to re-register in their droves at the start of the new academic year.

Nearly five and a half thousand children are already registered to the new and improved Digital Tracking System (DTS) and Marathon Kids expects a significant push after the looming half-term break, with schools traditionally firing into the programme in the six weeks before the start of the Christmas holidays.

‘We have received lots of positive feedback from our Marathon Champions about the DTS, which has been great to hear and we are asking for more schools to sign up to help keep kids active in our push towards a combined one million kilometres,’ said Samantha Young, who heads up the Marathon Kids in schools programme.

‘We understand there is a significant commitment to putting on regular Marathon Kids sessions, but we’d urge more schools and teachers to follow the example set by those who have re-registered this year.

‘We’ve also seen a good number of new schools coming onto the programme across the country too, with a particular focus on London which was identified as a key area of growth during a busy summer of planning,’ she added.

Marathon Kids in parks has also enjoyed a stellar return to action since the sessions bounced back at the start of September, with a record 17 events taking place on the same day in October, a record for the organisation since it was founded as Kids Run Free over a decade ago.

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