The organizers of Global Running Day are also running a campaign to get kids to join in on the day as well. They are running the Million Kid Run campaign hoping to get a million kids to sign up to run on June 1st this year, which is also Global Running Day. The hope is to get kids more involved in a safe physical activity and to make that activity a part of their daily lives.
Parents are encouraged to make the activity a fun one for their kids, after all, if it feels like a chore they are not going to want to participate. It is also important that both kids and parents have the proper foot attire and take any foot, knee, or leg injuries seriously.
It is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics that children or teens do not run
full marathons. Many marathons will have an age restriction on them anyway and it is recommended that parents follow those rules. Physical activity has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety in children, as well as build their self-esteem and sense of accomplishment. It also helps to give them a sense of community while staying fit and active.
For more information, or to pledge to run for the Million Kid Run, check out the full article on The New York Times Online.