More than 2,300 students from 28 schools across Connecticut and Massachusetts took part in the Final Mile event, which is part of the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon festivities.
Students had been running portions of a full marathon at their schools, building up to 25 miles. On Tuesday, they finished the last 1.2 miles of their journey at the Rentschler Field.
“We don’t need everyone to run a marathon, but we do want them to be healthy and fit,” Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon Director Beth Shluger said.
The event has exposed many of these students to running for the first time. It is also drumming up interest in the first-time runners, as well.
“I like that I get to feel the wind in my face and go quick,” student Jordan Pinnix said.
“I like the energy that it gives me and all the hype that I feel,” runner Ashlyn Gordon said.
Many students told Eyewitness News they plan to run half marathons or full ones, once they're old enough.
“This list the whole future of running, right here,” Shluger said.
While there are medals for those who finish, organizers said the biggest reward is getting students involved in running in the first place and seeing them go from there.
“Their fantastic they’re so excited the kids love coming,” teacher Kennan Paulakas said. “I’ve never had this many permission slips handed in on the first week ever.”
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