Princeton HealthCare System’s Annual Kids Marathon Promotes Fun, Fitness

Jul 25, 2016
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Pictured above, images from the 2015 Kids Marathon at Educational Testing Service in Princeton.

The 8th annual Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) Kids Marathon is under way, and there is still plenty of time for youngsters to join the fun.

The Kids Marathon, hosted by PHCS Community Education & Outreach and Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, will conclude Saturday, September 10, with a 1.2-mile fun run on the grounds of Educational Testing Service (ETS), 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton.

The marathon is open to kids in grades K through 8. Participants strive to run, walk or roll 25 miles—or 2.5 miles per week—in the 10 weeks leading up to September 10. Any physical activity counts toward the total, including sports, biking, walking or even household chores.

Marathoners can also earn miles by participating in free PHCS programs that promote exercise and healthful eating. To find eligible programs, visit and search Kids Marathon. Kids earn incentives for completing milestones at 5, 10, 13.1, 20 and 25 miles. The fun run at ETS will complete the full 26.2-mile distance of a marathon.

Parents can learn more or register their children by visiting The cost is $25, and proceeds benefit PHCS programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease among children. If cost is an issue, free scholarship opportunities are available. See the website for details.

Nearly 3,000 children have participated in the Kids Marathon since it was initiated in 2009 to raise awareness of the dangers of childhood obesity and promote physical activity for all children. Obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents over the past three decades, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Children and adolescents who are obese face greater risk of bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological issues. They also tend to be obese as adults, making them more susceptible to heart disease, stroke, osteoarthritis, some types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. Recent research shows that type 2 diabetes is a growing problem among teens as well.

About Princeton HealthCare System
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Andy Williams, 609-252-8785