Local kids kept warm in the chilly weather Saturday morning by taking a run around the track.
The City of Aiken's Fifth Annual Kids' Marathon concluded with the Fun Run where local children completed 26.2 miles of walking, jogging or running with a 1.2 mile race around the H. Odell Weeks Activities Center track.
This year, 85 children enrolled and 64 participated in the Fun Run.
“We're so pleased with the outcome and the numbers,” said City Recreation Program Supervisor Jessica Campbell.
The running program consists of kids running at home and school as they record their progress over a few weeks time before hitting the asphalt at Odell Weeks to complete their 26.2 mile goal.
The Fun Run is an exciting event for the kids who get to participate in a friendly competition but all get medals for completing. They're cheered on by family and other peers, and get the satisfaction of crossing the finish line.
Campbell said it's a wonderful opportunity to teach kids from kindergarten through fifth grade the importance of physical fitness.
“The City definitely has a focus on promoting health and wellness in the community,” Campbell said. “We will definitely continue to offer programs such as this to support that initiative.”
St. Mary's and Mead Hall had an active group of runners at the event, and Campbell said she hopes to see more schools get involved in the future.
Sponsors included Moe's Southwest Grill, At Home Personal Training, Aiken Running Club, Fleet Feet Sports and Eat Smart Move More Aiken County.
Aiken PRT names boys who ran marathonThe following boys participated in the City of Aiken kids' marathon: Pierre Zanife, 8:32; Cole Dewitt, 8:33; Sullivan Boni, 8:57; Luke Hanna, 9:11; Nicholas Judd, 9:12; Joseph Riveglia, 9:12; Brad Singer, 9:30; Kyle Tucker, 9:32; Justin Hansen, 10:16; Andrew Singer, 10:21; Wes Tucker, 10:26; Richard Anaclerio, 10:30; Noah Theobald, 10:37; Lance Rolka, 10:42; J. Strom Thurmond, 10:45; Brendan Judd, 10:50; Lucius A. Brown, 10:59; Craver King, 11:24; Christopher Bell, 11:33; Kenny Evenson, 11:42; Timothy Reid, 11:42; Nicholas Riveglia, 14:14; Joseph Beach, 14:29; Hayden Fleming, 16:05; Dakota Larochelle, 17:26; Farooq Alsoudi, 18:18; Brady Dial; Wyatt Garrett; Ethan Parker and Michael Roberts.Aiken PRT names girls who ran marathonThe following girls participated in the City of Aiken kids' marathon: Eliza King, 8:51; Maggie O'leary, 9:11; Emma Poteat, 9:31; Christa Berry, 10:09; Madelyn Smith, 10:15; Carolyn Carpenter, 10:23; Abigail Smith, 10:35; Lilly Judd, 11:50; Grace Holley, 11:55; Jessica Smith, 11:57; Sandi King, 12:40; Susan Bronikowski, 12:44; Bella Boni, 12:57; Katelyn Vergakis, 12:58; Emily Berry, 13:16; Carly Dewitt, 13:18; Kaylee McElwain, 13:30; Cyndi Vangelas, 13:41; Jumanah Alsoudi, 13:54; Lila Skipper, 14:19; Lilli Orr, 14:30; Isabella Shappell, 14:32; Lily Hunter, 14:35; Kendall Hopkins, 14:42; Kaiya Grace Drenten, 14:43; Sophie Klipa, 14:44; Sara B. Vergakis, 14:50; Arein Delariate, 14:52; Maia Stefanakos, 14:55; Lauren Hofstetter, 15:37; Hannah Wheeland, 16:16; Alexis Hooper, 16:31; Rylie Garrett, 17:00; Jaiden Garrett, 17:11; Kayla French, 17:34; Ashley Oerman, 17:50; Avery Childers, 18:47; Marcela Johnson, 19:21; Megan Callahan; Hunter Creasy; Elana Darragh; Ansley Dial; Laila Evans; Danielle Gelinas; Kenley Hanna; Emma Lawler; Esther Marks; Kirstin Mimmie; Ceirra Moore; Katie Roberts; Heidi Rolka; Urich Sheppard; Isabel Stubbs; Gina Hoffstetter and Rose Pryzwara.