Join Nebraska Extension as we run, walk, skip and play our way to being healthy this summer! The Nebraska Extension Marathon Kids program is offering a virtual Marathon Kids running club for the Spring & Summer of 2021. Our goal is for youth and their families across Nebraska to be active and gain confidence through completing the distance of a marathon, one mile at a time! Follow the steps below to join us...
Step 1: Sign-up your runners. All ages are welcome to participate and it's FREE. Register your runners here!
Step 2: Join our Facebook Group, Nebraska Extension Marathon Kids. Our Facebook Group is designed to motivate caregivers as they encourage their children/students/families to be active.
Step 3: NEW FOR 2021 - Track your miles by using the Marathon Kids Digital Mileage Tracker! We'll provide more details on tracking miles once you register. Or track your mileage by using these Printable mileage logs!
Step 4: Get out and be active. You can run, you can jog, you can walk or even skip! For every marathon that you log, you'll earn awesome Marathon Kids prizes!!!
Here are some resources that can help you get started:
- Warm-up activities to try at home and fun stretching and cool-down activities.
- Conversation starters for family-walk time, in English and Spanish, are great ways to encourage walking and talking. Plus, you can conquer a mile every time!
- Here are Running games that require little to no equipment. 20 minutes of heart-pumping physical activity equals one mile!
Step 5: Interact with us on Social Media! We want to know where you are running and how close you are getting to your marathon. Remember, running and walking only require a pair of shoes. Anyone, any age, and all abilities can move at their own pace! We are looking forward to you joining our group and to start moving together!
How to Track Your Miles with Time
If you don't have a smart watch or phone with a GPS to officially measure your running distance, you can base your mileage on time. Every five minutes of heart-pumping activity or exercise you do is equivalent to a quarter of a mile.
Examples of run/jog/walk minutes:
- 5 minutes = 1/4 of a mile
- 10 minutes = 1/2 of a mile
- 15 minutes = 3/4 of a mile
- 20 minutes = 1 mile
Examples of heart-pumping activities:
- 5 minutes of jumping rope = 1/4 mile
- 10 minutes jog/walk = 1/2 mile
- 15 minutes of bike riding = 3/4 mile
- 20 minutes of a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout = 1 mile
Marathon Kids is a national running program designed to motivate kids by utilizing running logs, boost their activity, and introduce them to the joy of running!