MCALLEN, Texas (KVEO) — An annual event is set to kick off virtually on Saturday.
The seventh annual McAllen Kids Marathon is set to begin on Saturday at 9 a.m. through a Facebook live stream.
Participants are encouraged to upload photos and videos of themselves or their kids exercising to Facebook and tag @mcallenisd.
The marathon encourages kids to run 26.2 miles over the course of four months beginning with the first mile ran on Saturday.
Kids will be able to complete an additional 24 miles through the next four months and finish the marathon by running the last mile on Saturday, January 16, 2021.
The event is typically held in person and progress is tracked at schools throughout the year but this year, due to health concerns, progress will be tracked virtually.
Organizers have 2,500 kids signed up so far but are encouraging more children to sign up for the marathon.
“I whole heartily feel I represent our entire McAllen Kids Marathon committee when I say, we love the event because we know we are doing our part to combat childhood obesity in McAllen and surrounding communities. Witnessing the smiles in our children and parents at past MKM events are priceless” said Mario Reyna, head of PE teachers for McAllen ISD and chairman of McAllen Kids Marathon Committee. ” We hope to impact our children on the importance of exercising at a young age so it can become a habit for a lifetime.”
To sign up for the event, visit here.
The marathon is organized by McAllen ISD and the City of McAllen.