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2015 KiDS ROCK Final Information

by mmak















Time to be a Rockstar! Get ready for the 1-Mile Fun Run on Sunday, April 26, 2015.

Below is everything you need to be prepared for the KiDS ROCK Nashville presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee event. Read up, and you’ll be able to make it to the start line with fresh legs and a beaming smile. Make sure to join us on Facebook to connect with other participants, ask questions and get instant event updates.

Packet Pick Up Instructions at the Health & Fitness Expo:

Packet Pick Up will take place at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Music City Center, Hall C-D.

  • Thursday, April 23, 2015 | 12:00 pm until 7:00 pm
  • Friday, April 24, 2015 | 10:00 pm until 7:00 pm

IMPORTANT! If your child is running with a school or team please follow their instructions for picking up your child’s race number and t-shirt.

KiDS ROCK Final Information

Kids Check Sheet

Event Day Map

2015 Race Day Grade Schedule:


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Fitness Made Fun Challenge!

by mmak

Throughout the 2014-2015 school year our Kids Rock school teams have been gearing up for spring training season. In preparation for their training, we asked our team captains what activities they like to integrate into their school programs to help promote fitness and healthy living. For a period of 3 weeks our captains shared inspiring, fun ways to get their students excited for the big race day on April 26. We rewarded the top ideas and are excited to share them with everyone.

Not sure if your school has an official team? Click here to view our 2015 teams for Kids Rock!


Crockett Elementary -

When a student signs up we call out their name in class and then we place a tennis shoe with his/her name on it and place it on the wall outside the gym for everyone to see. (Picture above)

We also include a list of students name with grade and place on the wall outside the gym – this way the students can see what grade is in the lead as we announce what grades have the most student’s signed up!

Students receive a necklace and tennis shoe tokens for their mile and on the final celebration day we give the 26.2 token to each student.

On our celebration day when we hand out the students bib numbers we have popsicles for the children as a reward as well.

Edmonson Elementary -

The school “theme” this year is having all the participating kids complete a “what’s your hashtag.” The students will decorate and write their #hashtag (something related to the marathon, running, being fit, etc.)

Beside the printed hash tags we made for all the kids (1/2 sheet of paper)….we will hang these in our gym, displaying all the kids participating and all the cool hash tags they come up with.

Coles Ferry Elementary Cougars -

Our team is getting ready to start our Saturday morning training runs.  Team members will have 10 Saturdays offered to them for training runs.  We meet for one hour and our goal is to complete at least two miles during each training run.  Most members complete more than two miles.  I break up the training run day into two halves.  For the first 30 minutes the members run/walk.  We focus on proper stretching, warm up, pacing, cool down, and proper nutrition.

The last half of the meeting (30 minutes) I reward the team members with a fun game.   Parents are also involved during this and usually walk and jog with their children and sometimes take part in the game during the last half of the meeting.  Younger siblings are also encouraged to participate in training runs as well even if they are not participating in the marathon because they are too young.  Since I have been providing these training runs for several years now I have seen the really young siblings finally make it to school age and actually become participants in the marathon.

We usually meet at our school (Coles Ferry Elementary) but we will also at times meet at the local park, high school track, and other local area tracks to keep it “fresh” for the team members.  Even when it’s held at the school I will change the course so it’s not the same every time.

When a student joins the team they get a paper cut out personalized with his/her name “track shoe” that goes on the Kids Rock Marathon wall that is located in the hallway next to our gym.  Each time they participate in a training run they earn a sticker on the track shoe.  The team members love to see the stickers add up as the weeks go by.  They also receive a certificate of participation each time they come to a training run.  After Kids Rock Marathon is completed members receive their tracks shoes and a picture of themselves that is taken when they cross the finish line holding their finisher’s medal.

The Friday before the marathon all team members come to the gym wearing their Coles Ferry Cougars team shirts for a team picture.  This picture is submitted to the local papers along with a description and web link for the Kids Rock Marathon and also featured on our school news show “CFE Live.”  The next day after Kids Rock Marathon (Monday) at school students wear their Kids Rock Marathon shirts and are allowed to wear their finishers medal.


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Ring In The New Year With A 1-Mile Fun Run!

by mmak


The 14th KiDS ROCK Nashville Presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee is back this spring taking place on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at LP Field. Children are already in high gear with their training throughout the school year. We are looking forward for all to complete the final 1-Mile race come this spring.

Race day is the culmination of a school-based running program designed to tackle childhood obesity through prevention. The non-timed, non-competitive event has become synonymous with introducing the fun of fitness and running to kids at a time when poor nutrition and a widespread lack of exercise threatens the health of an entire generation.

Join us on April 26, 2015 at 2pm at LP Field. Registration is still available. Register today and let your rockstar shine! 

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Run with SUBWAY in San Antonio

by lwright

kids rock with subway

SUBWAY®, we know that it takes more than just good food to nourish strong people and build a vibrant community. It starts with taking care of people, the heart and soul of the SUBWAY® experience. That’s why giving back is such a strong part of the SUBWAY® brand, shown through the many donations and sponsorships supporting charities and philanthropic organizations that help make the world a better place.

We are particularly passionate about heart health and doing our part to fight childhood obesity by encouraging healthy eating habits and living active lifestyles. Our goal is to help children develop long-lasting habits that will help them fight off preventable diseases such as obesity and heart disease.

By sponsoring this year’s KiDS ROCK event, our local San Antonio-area SUBWAY® Restaurants commit to helping children in South Central Texas live healthy lifestyles with daily exercise and nutritious options in our Fresh Fit for Kids™ meals. By supporting our local kids and the KiDS ROCK event, we hope to help keep our local community on the right track.

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Hey America, Keep Up the Good Work!

by Ellie Cutting

A report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that many states have seen a decrease in childhood obesity rates. Keep up the good work, America! Don’t use this as an excuse to become a couch potato – get out and keep running! Read the full report here.

Download the ING Run For Something Better Training Guide to get you started on your marathon training!

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Rockin’ Arizona!

by Ellie Cutting

1,200 kids kicked off the 10th annual P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon with KiDS ROCK Arizona on January 19th at Tempe Beach Park. Former Olympian Rod Dixon joined parents, teachers, and health advocates to cheer on kids as they completed the last mile of their 8-week marathon training program.

To view photos and learn how you can be a part of KiDS ROCK, click here.

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Take The President’s Challenge!


KiDS ROCK presented by YMCA of Middle Tennessee is teaming up with The President’s Challenge to reach as many kids as possible across the nation. The President’s Challenge mission is to promote physical activity that is fun and that you can do on your own, with friends, or family members. When you participate in the KiDS ROCK 6 or 8 week training program, you can earn awards for staying active – and track progress along with other kids across America.

Check out to find out how you can get started!

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