The Clarence DeMar Marathon has been a popular fall race in our region for almost 40 years. And the Kids DeMar Marathon, which was added to the marathon event just four years ago, has been growing in participation by area schoolchildren each year.
When it started in 2012, 350 schoolchildren participated in the 1.2 miles of the last leg of the DeMar Marathon; this year there will be more than 1,000 children from 39 area schools participating. The race will be held this Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 8 a.m. sharp.
The Kids DeMar Marathon is a cooperative effort that brings together many Healthy Monadnock Organizational Champions including: Keene Elm City Rotary Club, Advocates for Healthy Youth Coalition (AFHY), the Hoffman Family Foundation, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene, MoCo Arts, the Keene Family YMCA, the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department, Keene Housing and Beeze Tees. Children who run in the race will receive gift bags with T-shirts from Beez Tees, a free pass to the Cheshire Children’s Museum, toothbrushes from Keene Orthodontics Specialists, a glider plane from Cheshire Coalition for Tobacco Free Communities, DeMar postcards from Walmart in Keene, and temporary tattoos from MoCo Arts.
Lauren Bressett, the AFHY facilitator and Healthy Monadnock Champion, says the Kids DeMar race is important because of how it brings families — and the community — together to support an activity that helps promote health in the region.
“Not only is it a way for youth to be involved in a healthy family activity but it also reinforces making healthy leisure time choices in our youth and shows them how simple a walking or jogging program can be,” said Bressett. The hope, she said, is that participating in the Kids DeMar race can lead to lifelong healthy choices.
“Often whole families come out to run with their school-age children,” noted Bressett. “What could be better to do on a crisp September morning?”
We hope to see you there!