Thirty-five Barton High School students in grades seven through nine participated last Saturday (Dec. 1) in St. Jude's annual Kid's Marathon in Memphis.
For approximately two months before the event Barton High School math teacher Jessica Burton and another Barton teacher Amy Schulz ran three days a week after school with the students to help them complete their training in preparation for the event.
During the months leading up to the race day, the students ran all but one mile of a half marathon (13.1 miles) at his or her own pace. Their progress was kept on the marathon's official mileage tracker. The student's pre-marathon mileage totaled 12.1 miles.
“The students completed their half-marathon (the last mile, bringing the total to 13.1 miles) on Saturday with the other marathoners and half-marathoners,” said Burton.
St. Jude officials stated that the Kids Marathon is a unique way for children to participate in the St. Jude Marathon Weekend, while learning the importance of health fitness and helping others.
“This was an excellent opportunity for our students to be exposed to supporting the work of St. Jude through being active and exercising,” commented Burton. “I am very proud of each student that ran and I wanted them to be recognized throughout our community.”