If you are a parent, many of you will have had your kids waiting for you at the finish line of a big race, wildly cheering you on, proudly telling you they will run a half-marathon one day, whilst manhandling your precious sweaty medal to put on their own little neck? Well, the Run Reigate team believe that budding running dreams could happen sooner rather than later …
We have been toying with the idea of a kids race since our inaugural year, but wanted to do something different that would capture the imagination of the next generation of runners. An event that all kids, from reception to teenagers, can proudly take part in. From there, the idea of a kids half-marathon was born: but not just any half-marathon. Partnering with Reigate & Banstead Council, the Run Reigate Kids Race is part of the R&BeActive initiative to combat childhood obesity, and is sponsored by global camera and printer giant Canon.
We’re challenging kids to accumulate 12 miles by running regularly through their schools in the months leading up to September. Then, on Run Reigate race day (Sunday 18th) they complete the challenge by taking part in the exciting grand finale – a 1.1 mile race in Priory Park to achieve the 13.1 miles – their very first half-marathon!
With the help of our digital partners Jellyfish, we have built a dedicated safe website to track all of the amazing miles they run in the build-up to Race Day, along with some suggested mile long training routes around the local area. If you’re also training for either our 10K or the half-marathon, maybe they can join you for part of one of your weekly sessions, or whilst you’re on holiday, making training a real family affair. All local schools will be participating in the challenge, so kids can be part of their bigger school team, running with their teachers, inspiring their classmates and in turn being motivated by others. Apart from the high quality bling, there will also be prizes for the winners in each age category.
If this is all sounds tempting, you might have some questions:
What do I need to do?
You can register your kids at www.runreigate.com
Is there an age limit?
Any school child can take place, from age 4 in Reception to age 15 in Year 11! 15 year olds have the option of either running the kids’ half-marathon or in the main 10K event.
Do they have to do the 12 miles in advance?
Only if they want to. If they prefer, they can simply join in and run for fun on Race Day
Is my school involved?
Yes, every school in Reigate & Banstead has been invited to participate, so you should hear about it soon from them.
What time is it?
There will be 5 kids races split into class year groups:
- 12.00 – Years 11, 10 & 9
- 12.10 – Years 8 & 7
- 12.20 – Years 6, 5 & 4
- 12.35 – Years 3 & 2
- 12.50 – Year 1 & Reception.
How many places are there?
As this event will be popular, we are limiting the 2016 race to 2,000 places in total.
How much does it cost?
£12, which covers the cost of running the event, a technical race t-shirt and an amazing medal – the same one as the adult half-marathon and 10K runners will receive! It’ll stop them from nabbing yours.
Can they run for charity?
Yes! We will provide entrants with a sponsorship form where they can raise money (e.g. £1 per mile) and run for a charity of their choosing or one of ours.
What else will there be for kids to do?
There will be a host of FREE fun activities for kids of all ages in the Move Revolution Kids Active Zone (last year we hosted over 1,500 kids who didn’t want to leave!). There will also be live music, ice-cream, gourmet burgers, fresh pizza and smoothies in the Food Festival.
What about parking?
We’ll have hundreds of parking spaces within a 5 minute walk of Priory Park.
Don’t worry….there are loads (and loads) of loos in the park.
Run Reigate has become a fantastic community focused event in Priory Park with an amazing atmosphere and a great day out for the whole family! The addition of the Kids Race will make it even bigger and better and we’d love to have you and your children there, helping us make history as the UK’s first kids half-marathon.
If you would like to enter the Kids Race, 10K or Half-Marathon, please register at www.runreigate.com. Any questions, that are not covered online, please feel free to get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org