At the end of last school year, Boone Hospital Center launched an innovative program to help Columbia kids learn about the benefits of exercise and activity. Kids on Track encouraged children 14 and under to run, walk or bike 26.2 miles, a full marathon, during the summer.
More than 600 students are participating in Kids on Track. On Thursday, Aug. 9, the kids will complete their final 1.2 miles and cross the finish line, marking the completion of their summer-long marathon.
The Kids on Track finale begins at 6 p.m. at the Gordon Shelter at Stephens Lake Park.
Many local businesses helped sponsor Kids on Track, offering incentives and prizes to kids as they reached checkpoints on their way to 26.2 miles. Among the sponsors, are: ARC – Activity & Recreation Center, B&B Bagel, Dairy Queen, Empire Roller Rink, Hy-Vee, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Subs, MC Sports, Shakespeare’s Pizza, Subway & WELLAWARE.
Even more businesses joined in to donate to the Kids on Track Finale to help celebrate the choice to stay active: AmerenUE, Bob McCosh Chevrolet Buick GMC Cadillac, Inc, Boone County National Bank, Boone Electric Cooperative, Collision Center of Columbia, Commerce Bank, Culligan, Hollywood Stadium 14, Hoss’s Market and Missouri Employers Mutual.
“Because many kids have more free time in the summer, it can serve as an important opportunity to teach them about the benefits of being active and getting exercise,” said Jeff Zimmermann, Health Promotions Manager. “We are very excited to host this event and congratulate all the kids who completed their goal: 26.2 miles this summer.”