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Jacksonville Kids Hit the Track Running for Other Children

6:58 AM, Sep 8, 2010   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A group of kids are getting ready to run a marathon for their health and the health of other children. 

Jill Bobbitt is a runner and an elementary school teacher at The Bolles School. She said she's seen a growing trend in her classroom over the years.

"I see twinkies and cupcakes and cookies," said Bobbitt. 

Inspired by her own running group and the First Coast News Kick it up First Coast Family Challenge, Bobbitt organized Marathon of Miracles, a running group for kids.

Bobbitt said the kids will run two miles once a week for 12 weeks, and on week 13 they'll complete a marathon with a 2.2-mile celebration run.

"I'm looking forward to it," said 11-year-old runner Bennett Zimmerman.

The run is open to all elementary school students across the First Coast.  There is an $85 entry fee that Bobbitt said will go to Wolfson Children's Hospital.

"It is so much fun to come out and help other kids," said a mature Zimmerman.

The run begins September 16th at 3:15.  Everyone who wants to run is asked to meet at the Bolles track.

First Coast News