Hundreds of children and parents sat in the bleachers at 9 a.m. Saturday in Lynn Eusan Park waiting to begin a 5k fun-run hosted by Marathon Kids.
Participants were able to register at 7:30 a.m. and the marathon kicked off at 10:00 a.m. with introductions and words from sponsors, including HEB, UH, Youth Service America and several others.
Kelly Dean, a UH graduate, played the national anthem while 20 “VIP” kids ran the first lap holding the American and Texas flag. At approximately 10:20 a.m., the first wave of children, parents toting babies in strollers, grandparents and student athletes took off.
This was the first run/walk hosted by the University’s Behavior Opportunities Uniting Nutrition Counseling and Exercise program. The event was open to all ages and monetary donations were accepted. Funds collected during the event will benefit “BOUNCE Healthy Lifestyle Programs.”
Volunteers signed up online or registered upon arrival on Saturday.
“Its always great to have a stream of volunteers welcoming the participants,” said Andrea Trevino, a Marathon Kids volunteer.
Marathon Kids has members from 154 schools and 40,000 children in Houston.
The marathon ended in “reward alley” where participants received coloring books, place mats and sunglasses.
The marathon was a celebration of the children’s hard work from the fall to spring, and the excitement and enthusiasm from the participants remained high throughout the afternoon.