Governor’s Cup: Kids Marathon

Kids Marathon Makes Successful Debut at 2015 Governor’s Cup

Active kids often become active adults and, eventually, pass on their passion for movement to the next generation.

Being active is one of the most straightforward, accessible and oftentimes fun ways to improve our overall wellnessboth mentally and physically.

Enter the Kids Marathon, a Governor’s Cup program designed to inspire Montana’s kids to be active in a fun and rewarding group environment.

Nearly 500 elementary school students ran on a stunning evening in early June 2015 at Helena’s Centennial Park.

The event was first edition of the Kids Marathon, which ended with a celebratory 1-mile run the night before the Governor’s Cup marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K races.

Governor Steve Bullock’s son, Cameron, was first across the finish line, but all participants arrived to a finish line filled with a cacophony of cheers from a tunnel of adoring fansreminiscent of scenes from the Tour de France when cyclists reach the highest summits in the Alps.

Children started training in late March and early April to work their way toward 25 miles worth of activity before the crowning event. Those who successfully completed the training were awarded with a sky blue Governor’s Cup Kids T-shirt. And those who finished the 1-mile run at Centennial Park received a commemorative medal to cap their 26-mile journey.

In 2015, 10 schools implemented training programs and tracked students’ progress for as many as 10 weeks.

Organizers from presenting-sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana will continue to focus on improvement and expansion of the Kids Marathon program.