700 kids finish ‘marathon’ goal together in Melbourne
Space Coast Final Mile, the culmination of the Countdown to Fitness, was a running initiative sponsored by the Running Zone and the Road Runners Club of America.
By Michelle Mulak, Florida Today
Over 700 kids surrounded by their families, teachers and coaches waited patiently as the midday sun blazed overhead on Saturday afternoon at Eau Gallie High School in Melbourne.
They were waiting to run the Space Coast Final Mile, the culmination of the Countdown to Fitness, a running initiative sponsored by the Running Zone and the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).
The program is aimed at getting kids across Brevard County excited about and committed to regular running. Over the course of eight weeks, students ran at school and home, keeping track of their mileage along the way. The goal was to run a total of 25.2 Miles with their running clubs, physical education programs and families leading up to the day of the Final Mile. Participants from the 33 schools who took part in the program ran the final Mile of their marathon goal collectively, in an officially timed race.
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