WILTON, Conn. — Kids of all ages can team up with members of Wilton’s high school and youth sports teams Monday in a friendly relay race to help save the lives of children worldwide during Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge.
The World Marathon Challenge is a global fundraising effort in which teams of children across the world participate in a relay race to run 26.2 miles—the equivalent of a full marathon. The Wilton event will be led by the high school sports teams, Wilton Youth Field Hockey, Wilton Youth Football and Youth Cheer, with special guest Vince Workman, a former NFL running back.
“This is a fun way to get active and come together for a great cause,” said Wilton’s Jennifer Kendra, director of Strategic Partnership Development at Save the Children and league director of Wilton Youth Field Hockey. “It’s also a great way to raise awareness for the issues children face in U.S. and around world.”
At least 200 children are already signed up to participate in Monday's event, Kendra said.
During the race, teams will run 200-meter stretches, in relay format. Each team will have between 26 and 36 runners. Because the marathon distance is divided into 200-meter sections, Kendra said the event is designed for kids of all skill levels, not just athletes.
Throughout the event, Workman will serve as race trainer, Kendra said.
“We are really excited to have him be a part of this, and we appreciate his support,” she said.
Aside from the relay, the event will include a variety of games and activities, including raffle prizes, face painting and a bake sale. The Pizza Truck Company and College Creamery, two Wilton favorites, will also be on site selling food and refreshments.
“Hopefully, this will be a fun day for everyone,” Kendra said.
All funds raised at this event will go toward Save the Children’s programs in the United States and globally. A portion of the Pizza Truck Company and College Creamery proceeds will also go to Save the Children.
Children running in the Wilton event will be among the approximately 60,000 children worldwide participating in the Challenge throughout the month. On the official Challenge website, runners will be able to see how their race time compares with others around the world, giving children a sense of global connection, Kendra said.
To register for the race, sponsor a team, or for more information, visit the World Marathon Challenge website.
The event will be held at the Wilton High School track, 395 Danbury Road, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. rain or shine.