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Local Schoolchildren To Join Dublin Marathon

Dublin Marathon

Over six hundred 6th class pupils from 22 North County schools will complete 25.2 miles over 8 weeks, training 4 times a week in their school, before completing the last mile at the SSE Airtricity Dublin Marathon on 26th of October. It is all part of The KiDSMARATHON Programme.
This the first time the County Council and Dublin Marathon have been involved in a programme of this type, and it is the first programme of its kind in the country. The pupils are supplied with a workbook, which highlights the benefits of sport and is used as both a training guide and learning tool for use in the classroom.
The KiDSMARATHON Programme is an athletic programme developed by New Zealand Olympian, Rod Dixon to encourage children to embrace healthy, active lifestyles. He not only implemented the programme in his native New Zealand, but he has tens of thousands of children taking part across the United States. A chance meeting between Rod and Neil Kennedy (Dublin Marathon) paved the way for the programme to come to Ireland.
Neil said “I was blown away by Rod’s KiDSMARATHON Programme and I knew it would be something that would work in Ireland. I’m delighted that, with the help of the County Council Sports Office, we were able to get this pilot programme up and running in so many schools.”
The local authority, in conjunction with Dublin Marathon, developed a workbook for each pupil taking part. The idea of the workbook is to inform pupils about the marathon, learn about the benefits of sport and record their training on a daily basis.