WHAT: Merryhill Elementary School students in San Jose will team up to take on Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge at Penitencia Creek Park on Oct. 23. The World Marathon Challenge is a global relay in which teams of children from around the world band together to complete a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles, and attempt to break the world marathon record of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 38 seconds, held by Kenyan runner Patrick Makau.
Events will be held throughout the month of October worldwide, with hundreds of teams running simultaneously on Oct. 23, a global day of action. In all, 50,000 children in more than 60 countries will take on the challenge.
The goal of the race is to raise funds and awareness for programs focused on child survival and well-being. All funds will go to support Save the Children's work in the United States and globally.
Save the Children’s vision is to make sure all children survive and thrive. Achieving this vision is not a sprint, but a marathon – a world marathon. To learn more, go here: wmc.savethechildren.org
WHO: Karen Cooper, Principal, Merryhill Elementary School, San Jose
Immie Van Etten, Save the Children
143 student runners
25 school staff members
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
WHERE: 750 North Capitol Avenue, San Jose, Ca.
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