On Sunday, May 31st, over 500 elementary students from Daniels Farm, Tashua, Booth Hill, Jane Ryan and Frenchtown Elementary Schools participated in the Kid's Marathon Final Mile event at Trumbull High School.

The Kid's Marathon is a program founded by Olympian Rod Dixon, where students run an accumulated 26.2 miles over several weeks.  The marathon program was brought to Daniels Farm Elementary last year by parent Cathleen Kosak, and its popularity as a goal setting and physical activity caught the attention of other local elementary schools, with help from wellness volunteers at each school.

The marathon program had the children running or walking three-four times per week for 8-10 weeks during their recess to log miles, which when added up totaled 26 miles. Each child wore a bracelet that was scanned each time they did their laps to track miles. Parents, school administrators and teachers all took part in this initiative.

Joined by First Selectman Tim Herbst, Police Chief Lombardo and Rod Dixon, the marathon participants finished the last 1.2 miles on the Trumbull High School campus.

A few of the elementary school mascots cheered on the children.  Also, several members of the Hillcrest Middle School Band, under the direction of Tom Whitmoyer played music to encourage the runners.  At the finish line, the runners were greeted by Storm, the Sound Tiger mascot, who gave out high-fives to the children as they finished their last marathon mile.

Kosak would like to thank the Board of Education, THS Athletic Director Mike King, the THS Girls Track Team, Storming Norman from WEBE 108, PTA Health and Wellness Committee Members, the DFS Father's Club and the countless parent volunteers who gave their time over the past several months to make this program a success.

To learn more about the Kid's Marathon program, visit www.kidsmarathon-ct.org or email Cathleen Kosak at thekosaks@charter.net.