Children's Marathon Challenge
There were 602 children from 36 Otago primary schools who
participated in the inaugural "Children's Marathon Challenge".
These children had accumulated 40km over the preceding 8 weeks and
completed the final 2.195kms at Logan Park. Children came from as
far north as Palmerston, as southerly as Waihola and as far west as
Strath Taieri ( Middlemarch ). Suzie Bates, a dual New Zealand
representative in cricket and basketball was the "guest starter".
The children ran around the perimeter of Logan Park and finished
inside the Forsyth Barr Stadium. As the children ran into the
stadium they, along with their watching parents could watch the
runners on the giant video screens. At the end of the "marathon"
the children were congratulated by Suzie Bates, Mark Dickel ( Otago
Nuggets ) and Kerri Bush ( Sport Otago ) and given an apple
provided by " Veggie Boys ". The race was organised to finish in
time before the start of the Cadbury Moro Half Marathon run and
walk. Feedback from teachers and princpals has been positive with
many indicating their support for 2013.
" You and your club need to be congratulated for a very
successful event. All pupils involved this year would be keen to do
the same next year. Well done " Faye Elliott, Acting Principal,
Many thanks to all our Sponsors
Ricoh - Southern Community
Laboratories - Mizuno - The Frontrunner - Cadburys _ Uptown Art -
Veggie Boys - Harraways _ Forsyth Barr Stadium
To visit the " Children's Marathon
Challenge " Gallery ( click here )