Parents, it’s time for your K-5th graders to run the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon—register by Nov. 30

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Kids, it’s your time to be speedy. Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Get ready, parents of K-5th graders. It’s your kids’ time to run the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon on Saturday, February 22, 2022. Register by Tuesday, November 30 to save their spot.

Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon

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What’s better than a race downtown? Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is hosting their annual Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon, and we’re sharing everything you need to know:

It’s time to start running now

Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon
Run with friends and classmates.Kids, it’s your time to be speedy. Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

Tie up your kids’ running shoes, and get them ready to run 26.2 miles. Don’t worry, they don’t have to run the full marathon at one time! Train for the one-mile run now to build endurance and to be speedy on race day.

  • Who: Any child in K-5th grade
  • How: Run 25.2 miles in 1/4, 1/2, 3/4 or 1-mile increments with a parent or in PE class by the end of January 2022

“Some have Mercedes Monday, and Monday’s their day to run during PE to log in their miles.

A lot of schools will have a running date during PE each week to log those miles at school. Others will log with the parents at home or wherever.”

– Valerie Cuddy, Marathon Chair, Kids Mercedes Marathon

Everything you need to know about race day

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Represent your class on race day. Photo via Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama

On race day, each kid will wear a t-shirt with the grade’s designated color:

  • Kindergarten: Red
  • First Grade: Blue
  • Second Grade: White
  • Third Grade: Gray
  • Fourth Grade: Gold
  • Fifth Grade: Black

Your kids’ safety means the world to the organizers of the Mercedes-Benz Kids’ Marathon. Birmingham police officers, college cross country teams and other runners will be guiding and cheering for the kids on the one-mile course. Once you cross the finish line, get excited to win a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama Kids Mercedes-Benz Marathon Finisher’s Medal.Organizers like to say “if you had fun you won!”

Ready to run a marathon? We’ll catch you at Linn Park!

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