First Shannon Miller Kids Marathon a Success
Sheriff John Rutherford and Olympic Gold Medalist Shannon Miller welcomed 650 registered participants to the 1st Shannon Miller Kids Marathon this past weekend.
The Shannon Miller Foundation is dedicated to fighting childhood obesity through physical fitness and proper nutrition.
“Childhood obesity is an incredibly complex problem. My foundation aims to target two areas specifically; physical fitness and proper nutrition," said Miller. "Through the SM Kids Marathon I want our youth to find out how much fun fitness can be, as well as, gain the confidence and work ethic that athletics provides.”
The 12 week program to get youth involved with physical fitness and making healthy lifestyle choices began with a bang. Kid’s ages 7-14 ran or walked 25 miles over a 12 week period.
The last 1.2 miles was run on "Race Day", May 30th at the Jacksonville Landing. The event began with sirens blaring as a police motorcade led the athletes along the race route over the Main Street Bridge. At the half way point was the UNF Drumline keeping up the enthusiasm and cheering the kids on. As they crossed the finish line every participant was awarded a gold medal passed out by JSO officers and PAL representatives. Then it was on to finish line food provided by Winn Dixie, face painting, radio Disney, free smoothies and more.
In addition to the race, Sheriff Rutherford challenged schools and non-profit organizations to register as many young people as possible. The winner of the Sheriff’s Fitness Challenge was John Stockton Elementary and the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville (non-profit). They each will be presented with a large trophy and $500 for their P.E. department or fitness related programs!
For more information see shannonmillerfoundation.com and click on the race logo.