What: The New Albany Kids Marathon is a virtual marathon in which school-age kids of all abilities, are invited to participate. The event will promote health through walking or running.
When: Participants have from June 1 to July 31, 2022, to accumulate 25.2 miles. Mile #26 will be conducted in-person on the NAPLS campus on August 13, 2022.
Where: A Virtual Marathon allows you to complete your miles any place and any time between June 1, 2022 - July 31, 2022.
Distance: 25.2 miles (accumulated between June 1 and July 31, 2022 at the participants own pace).
Cost: Recommended donation of $10.00 per entry would be appreciated to cover costs for this event and help support Healthy New Albany programs such as this event.
How it Works
School-age kids must be registered by a parent or legal guardian. A suggested entry donation is $10.00. You can choose to donate to Healthy New Albany while registering so that we may continue to serve our mission as best as possible during these trying times. Beginning June 1, 2022 and ending July 31, 2022, participants will be expected to complete a full marathon, 25.2 miles with the last mile completed in person on a date that will be soon after school returns in late August.
Participating with parents and siblings is highly recommended as this is an opportunity for family connectiveness through physical activity.
Each child must be registered individually.
To register for the New Albany Kids Marathon, click here. Participants are expected to track their own mileage (with the help of their families). Download the sample activity log linked below - this log can be printed and filled in to keep track of mileage. Use the stickers provided to show your progress.
No more than 3 miles should be logged on any one day regardless of the number of additional miles covered. This is not a competitive event and it is important to continue to promote sustained movement.
Participants will be expected to accumulate the number of miles (25.2) to complete a full marathon. The final mile will be completed in person on the NAPLS campus at a date soon after school returns in late August.
A letter from Dr. Amy Valasek
Dr. Amy Valasek, MD, MS
Dear New Albany-Plain Local School Families,
Creating a physically active community is no small undertaking, but it is worth the effort! Empowering all children to establish a foundation of physical literacy has the potential to create active and healthy lives, to transform their future health, and to transform communities. Decades of research support the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive benefits of physical activity beginning at an early age. Simply put, active children grow into active adults.
The Healthy New Albany Kids Marathon provides an opportunity for healthy movement of all school age children in our community. Over a two month period, children may complete 25.2 miles individually. The remaining mile will be completed together in August. Keys for success are limiting daily youth mileage, incorporating rest days, using supportive sneakers, and planning a safe route to walk, jog, or run.
Exercise is medicine with everlasting benefits.
Let’s embrace our youth to get active and to remain active for life.
Wishing everyone well,
Dr. Amy Valasek, MD, MS
Department of Pediatrics
Division of Sports Medicine
Nationwide Children’s Hospital