Seattle-area school kids had run 25 miles in training to race a 1.2-mile “marathon”.
Over 2,000 children braved unseasonably frigid temperatures to run the 1.2-mile Seattle Kids Marathon last Saturday. “I ran it the whole way!” exclaimed 5-year-old Savannah Chrismer after completing the course, which wound around the Seattle Center. Savannah had run it with her mother. She had been training for the event. “My mom told me to run laps at school,” she said. The kindergarten-age Chrismer had been taking part in a program where children had run a total of 25 miles throughout the year to prepare for their 1.2-mile “marathon”.
Like the actual Seattle Marathon, which kicked off on Sunday, the children were spurred on by supporters carrying signs. One such sign read, “”Run Ben Run.”
Taking part in the race, were 75 children and their parents who wore “Team Moneda” shirts in honor of local schoolteacher Sally Moneda who is undergoing cancer treatment. An additional 75 adults on Team Moneda were planning to run the marathon as well.
“We trained every Saturday, and every Saturday she came out with us — even after Moneda received chemotherapy,” said Team Moneda member Tracey Pierce.
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