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New Junior Marathon Launches April 21st
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Posted: Friday, April 06, 2007

New Junior Marathon Launches April 21st

 

Chattanooga, TN – On April 21, 2007, the Chattanooga Track Club (CTC) will launch the first-ever Chickamauga Battlefield Junior Marathon. Children currently enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grades are eligible to participate in the event. The junior marathon, which runs thorough the summer and fall, will culminate in a special event to be held during CTC’s annual Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon on Saturday, November 10, 2007.

 

The junior marathon is part of the track club’s new youth running program designed to promote physical fitness among children. As CTC President Melodie Thompson explains, “The Chattanooga Track Club is interested in promoting fitness in the greater Chattanooga area to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity in Tennessee and North Georgia. The Junior Marathon is the club’s first step towards achieving this goal.”

 

To participate in the junior marathon children need a parent to register them for the event and they need to pick up an official Chickamauga Battlefield Junior Marathon log sheet. Then, over the course of the summer and fall, children will run, jog, or walk a total of 25.2 miles at their own pace. Children can divide up the distance in any way they like; they just need to complete a total of 25.2 miles with adult supervision before November 10.

The final mile of the junior marathon will be completed during the actual Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon on Saturday, November 10, 2007 at 12pm. Runners who submit a completed log sheet and finish the last mile will receive a race number, t-shirt, finisher’s medal, and goody bag.

 

Registration is already underway. The event is limited to just 500 runners, so sign up today. Registration will close when the race limit is met or on August 30, 2007, which ever comes first.

 

Registration forms are available at local YMCA and Sports Barns locations as well as Front Runner and Fast Break Athletics. You can also register online.

 

The event is free to members of the Chattanooga Track Club and costs $5 for non-members.

 

To get in the running spirit, children and their parents are encouraged, but not required, to take part in the BlueCross Market Street Mile on Saturday, April 21, 2007 or the BlueCross Riverbend Run 1-Mile Fun Run on Saturday June 16, 2007.

 

The Chickamauga Battlefield Junior Marathon is sponsored by the Chattanooga Times Free Press, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, and the Chattanooga Track Club.

 


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