24 Macdonough Students at Finish Line for Hartford Marathon Foundation FitKids in School Program

On Saturday, October 10th, Macdonough teachers and students participated in the Hartford Half Marathon as a relay team. Students ran anywhere from 2-3 miles of the half marathon course along with their teachers and principal! Students and teachers met at the finish line to complete the final leg of the race together. Special thanks to Mrs. Lenihan, Mr. Ferrero, Mr. Reardon, and Mrs. Brewster for volunteering their time to make this event possible for our students. Go TEAM MAC! (Thank you, Ms. Claffey for this story submission!)

Below is the text of a press release written by the Hartford Marathon Foundation:

Middletown Students Celebrate Final Mile at Rentschler Field
Students participated in Hartford Marathon Foundation FitKids in School program 

Twenty-four students from Macdonough Elementary School were among more than 650 students from 14 schools across CT who recently participated in the Hartford Marathon Foundation (HMF) FitKids in School final mile event at Rentscher Field.  The celebration was the culmination of weeks of training supported by the HMF through the Susie Beris, MD, Youth Running Program, designed to help inspire a lifelong love of running.

The FitKids in School program is free for participating schools and has served more than 20,000 elementary and middle school students since it began in 2008. Students participated in a 6-week training program throughout the fall and completed their final mile run at the October 25, 2022 celebration in East Hartford. 

Each student was given a race shirt and earned a finisher medal to commemorate their weeks of hard work. After the race, they enjoyed fitness activities to celebrate their accomplishments and were provided snacks compliments of HMF and partners Dunkin', Lesser Evil Snacks, and Bakery On Main.

Through a generous endowment provided by Dr. Susan Beris, a Southbury pediatrician, HMF is able to reach more students and increase inclusion, diversity, and opportunities to support the next generation of lifelong runners.  In addition to this existing FitKids in School program and HMF FitKids races offered for 2-11 year old, the following new programs offered this school year will reach more middle and high school students:

  • Junior Team HMF (grades 6-8): new initiative to expand opportunities for select FitKids in School participants nominated or who apply and are accepted based on their application. Team members will be provided a custom race shirt, two free 5K races, volunteer engagement and mentoring, support and recognition opportunities
  • HMF High School Program (grades 9-12): new initiative to support high school running programs and coaches in underserved communities with training resources for coaches, race entries for students and funding to support the purchase of shoes, transportation to events and an annual field trip to inspire a love of running for youth to reap health and wellness benefits in their future

Learn more about upcoming Hartford Marathon Foundation events and programs at www.HartfordMarathon.com