Thousands of students to participate in South Florida Fair’s Kids’ Mile

More than 2,200 children will be in high gear as they participate in the South Florida Fair Kids’ Mile on Sat., Jan. 13, at the South Florida Fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. The Kids’ K Race (3-5 years) starts at 8:20 a.m. and the Kids’ Mile Race starts at 8:30 a.m.

Sponsored by CBS 12, Wellington Regional Medical Center and Duffy’s, the Kids’ Mile is a 12-week training program that enables children to complete a full marathon (26.2 miles) by running approximately two miles per week. By doing so, kids develop a feeling of accomplishment and confidence without the high risk involved with young kids running a full marathon in one day. The program is completed in grand fashion on the fair’s first Saturday as each child runs the final mile of the marathon.

The South Florida Fair Kids Mile has been endorsed by the School District of Palm Beach County. All elementary schools are encouraged to participate.

Physical Education teachers implement the program at each individual school. The teachers are in direct communication with the South Florida Fair staff to ensure distribution of documentation and mileage log sheets. Each student athlete who participates and completes all 26.2 miles will receive one free admission to the fair good on the day of the race or any Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday of the fair, a finisher’s medal, T-shirt, goodie bag, bib number, and refreshments after the race.

The second component of the program requires students to read 15 minutes each day. These lessons include topics on nutrition and fitness.

About the South Florida Fair – Produced by the South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc., a nonprofit organization, the fair’s 106th edition kicked off on Jan. 11 with its Ride-A-Thon. The full fair is running from Jan. 12-28 at the fairgrounds, 9067 Southern Blvd. in West Palm Beach. For more information, call (561) 793-0333 or visit the website,