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The goal is to get children to complete a half marathon – 13.1 miles – in small increments. The goal is to get children to complete a half marathon – 13.1 miles – in small increments.
Timori Pryor Timori Pryor
Stephen Tarver and Karl Schmit Stephen Tarver and Karl Schmit

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Running a half marathon is a big accomplishment for anyone and especially for a child. For the past few weeks children in Jefferson County have been logging miles for the Kids Finish First healthy lifestyle program.

The program is a joint project between the YMCA of Greater Louisville and the Louisville Sports Commission. The goal is to get children to complete a half marathon – 13.1 miles – in small increments. 

"That's a number that for young children that seems like a forever period of time and distance," said Stephen Tarver, the President and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Louisville.

The aftercare program at Goldsmith Elementary School is one of the places where kids are training. They are running in the halls making it one of the few times they will actually be encouraged to run in a hallway.

On November 10, the 250 children will run the last 1.1 mile at the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon.

"They get to finish at our finish line. All the energy is there. They hear their name called on the PA. Music blaring, people there, medal put around their neck," said Karl Schmit with the Louisville Sports Commission. 

"I think it's about building healthy decisions and healthy habits and making that part of your ongoing lifestyle," said Tarver.

Timori Pryor is one of the runners who is very excited about the Half Marathon on Sunday.  She's learned running is great exercise.

"It's not that hard," she said while laughing. And soon she can say she's a marathon runner.

This will be the second year for Kids Finish First. They hope to increase the number of participants next year.

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