Wednesday, June 29, 2011

WELS Kids Marathon 2011

Last year, my bloggy friend, Bill, introduced to me to a fantastic program he was directing, the WELS Kids Marathon (HERE). A summer of reading and running. What a fantastic idea to help the kids keep up with their reading and get out there and get active all summer long ...

The idea is that the children log their miles (in quarter mile increments) and their reading time (in quarter hour increments) thrroughout the summer in the Reading and Running Log (HERE).

About the WELS Kids Marathon:

Do you know how long a marathon is? It is 26.2 miles. Can you run a marathon? YES!
Can you read 26 books or read for 26 hours over the summer? YES!

All children, 8th grade & under, are invited to participate. Join kids from all around and challenge yourself to finish the WELS Kids Marathon. You will run 25.2 miles over the summer and read 26 books or read for 26 hours, which will improve both your body and your mind. You may run or walk the 25.2 miles in ¼, ½ or 1 mile increments, and read in ¼, ½, 1 hour or per-book increments. By entering, you will receive a Log Sheet to help you keep track or your running and reading. By finishing, you will not only be considered a marathoner for life, but will also receive a WELS Kids Marathon T-shirt, finisher’s medal, and goody bag.

Then, join us from 6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M. on Saturday, August 27th to run the FINAL MILE of your marathon and cross the finish line a WINNER! There will be music, food, festivities, and giveaways at the Final Mile event, which will be at the Wisconsin Lutheran College’s Raabe Stadium (10200 W. Watertown Plank Road Wauwatosa, Wisconsin – behind Milwaukee Sheriff Headquarters).

The cost is only $12 per kid, thanks to a generous gift from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. Also thanks to Skyhigh Marketing, Wisconsin Lutheran College, and Mike Evans Design for their support. A portion of each entry will be donated to a local charity!

Though we cannot attend the final event, I look forward to having Little Diva keep up with her reading and running adventures all summer long. You don't need to be able to attend the final mile in Milwaukee to participate.


  1. That is such a great idea! I'm glad Little Diva is able to participate, even though you won't be attending the final mile night.

  2. What a great program. I love incorporating reading and running - two of my favorite things!

  3. I think having passion for health will help in your weight loss success as when you get healthy you lose weight. Most people think the opposite. They think just losing weight is going to equal better health. People need to look at weight loss less superficially.