DeMar Marathon in Full Swing for All Ages!
Submitted by Organizational Champion, Elm City Rotary Club
Free Senior Over 70 DeMar Marathon Program
The Keene Senior Center is partnering with the Keene Elm City Rotary Club to offer a no-cost opportunity for seniors over the age of 70 to participate in the 2013 Clarence DeMar Marathon on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Seniors who register can choose to be paired with an active senior who can help them become more active between now and the event. Registrants will also receive a simple log sheet and will track at least 25 miles of walking or jogging this summer.
By completing this log and returning it to the Keene Senior Center before September 13th 2013, seniors will earn the chance to complete the last 1.2 miles of the official Clarence DeMar Marathon course on race day. Participating seniors receive a long sleeved t-shirt and a finisher’s’ medal, too!
The program is non-competitive. Seniors must register in person at the Keene Senior Center at 70 Court St. Keene before August 15, 2013. Participation is limited to the first 50 registrants. For more information, call (603) 352-5037.
Kid’s DeMar Race Bigger Than Ever!
The 2013 Keene Elm City Rotary Club’s Kid’s DeMar Marathon will be bigger and better with more than 700 children from 25 area elementary schools already registered this year. That’s almost twice as many kids compared with last year!
The DeMar Kid’s Marathon is a cooperative effort that brings together many Healthy Monadnock 2020 Organizational Champions including the Keene Elm City Rotary Club, the Advocates for Healthy Youth (AFHY) Coalition, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and the Cheshire Health Foundation, MoCo Arts, the Keene Family YMCA, the City of Keene Parks and Recreation Department, and Beeze Tees. Together, these organizations hope to increase opportunities for physical activity and enhance the health and wellbeing of our region’s children.
Running or walking in the DeMar Kid’s Marathon is free and simple. But, we depend on the help and enthusiasm of PE teachers and other school staff volunteers to coordinate this effort for their schools. For 2013 all Cheshire County elementary schools were invited to participate and 25 schools are on board this year!
Students who have completed and turned in a signed registration are now completing their activity log for recording 25 miles during the spring and summer leading up to the DeMar on September 29, 2013. By completing the log (kid’s can fill up more than one if they’re super active!) and returning it when school resumes in the fall (no later than September 13th 2013) the students will receive a free t-shirt and earn the right to run the last 1.2 miles of the DeMar Marathon on race day. Wearing their T-shirt will be their “admission ticket” to the 1.2 mile run. Participants will also receive a finishers’ medal at the finish line at Keene State College and a special free gift. Parents are welcome to run or walk the 1.2 miles with their youngsters, too!
Any adult 2013 Clarence DeMar Marathon runner from outside of Cheshire County who would like their child to participate in the 2013 Kid’s DeMar program can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to register. Families in Cheshire County who home school their children can also email the Kid’s DeMar to register their youngster.
The Kid’s DeMar is an annual event with participation expected to grow each year.