Last school year a friend of mine helped to start a program at some local middle schools call the Mighty Milers, which is a program he read about in a running magazine. The website describes Mighty Milers like this;
Mighty Milers is a running program for kids of all fitness levels from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. It’s designed to get kids moving and prevent obesity and illness. Participation in Mighty Milers helps kids build their self-esteem, and learn to make and reach personal goals.
Over the course of a program cycle, children in Mighty Milers strive to complete one to four “marathons of miles” (26.2 to 104.8 miles). They run or walk briskly upwards of a half-mile in supervised sessions two to five times a week.
At the end of the school year they had a one mile ‘race’ and I took some pictures.