More than 400 D.C. school kids began training for a marathon Wednesday.
The students at Barnard Elementary School in northwest Washington will be running the more than 26 miles over several weeks. They can choose to do as little as one mile at a time.
It’s part of a national program called ING Kids Rock, which is open to students from kindergarten through seventh grade.
The D.C. students will come together to finish the final mile in a big event March 16.
“The non-timed event is all about kids having fun and making it to the finish line,” according to event planners. “Every child is a winner and will be rewarded” with various prizes.
The goal of ING Kids Rock marathon is to fight childhood obesity and help kids adapt healthy habits for life.
ING Kids Rock is in conjunction with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series and is supported by the ING Run for Something Better charity.