ARDMORE, OK -- For the very first time, the annual Arbuckles to Ardmore Marathon will have a special race just for kids.
"it just makes me feel good that the money is going towards cancer and all that stuff," said Plainview student, Colton Watts.
Yahreli Delatorre from Lincoln elementary said, "It's fun. You get to go. you get to be free when you run."
Elementary and middle school students across Southern Oklahoma are gearing up for the inaugural A2A kids marathon on March 30th.
While all proceeds go to the Mercy Cancer Center, organizers say it's teaching kids a healthy lifestyle.
"The children may not understand the big picture about the cancer treatment center and how it supports southern Oklahoma and brings state-of-the-art treatment for everyone in our community, but they do understand setting physical fitness goals and working to obtain them," said A2A kids marathon chair, Jo Fuller.
She says, after the race, the children will be able to say they've completed a full marathon, but while working at their own pace.
"And the kids can continue to accumulate their miles on their own up until the day before the race. They'll turn in their race logs and then come out race day to finish their last 1.2 miles and receive their medal." said Fuller.
Plainview school track and cross country coach, Kelly Gordon, says, 65 of their students have already signed up to run in the non-timed, non-competitive race.
Gordon said, "We try to teach our kids just about being healthy and, our kids, they just love to run."
"It's important that we teach our children this. And if they can find running or walking something fun to do and incorporate it into their life as a habit, I really think that it works towards making healthier adults," said Fuller.
For more information, visit: A2Amarathon.com.