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Get the whole family active at the running festival. Join us for the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kids Marathon Challenge, 1 mile KIDS MARATHON or the 3.1 mile 5K. Our mission is to instill running as a part of a healthy lifestyle in our kids at an early age. With your help, we can add healthy, happy and active to our unique culture.
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Louisiana Kids Marathon will start at 10:15am on Saturday, January 15, 2023 at the corner of North 3rd Street and North Street. The kids will finish at the main Finish Line located on North 4th Street.
What is included with a Kid's Marathon registration? Each kid will receive an ATHLETE bib that includes an electronic timing chip and a matching PARENT bib to be worn by the parent or guardian responsible for checking the kid out after the race. Each kid will receive an event T-shirt (kid's sizing available) and a Finisher's Medal when he or she crosses the finish line.
Are their age limits? The Blue Cross and Blue Shield Kid's Marathon is for children 12 years old and under. Kids older than 12 should register for the Louisiana Marathon 5K. Both distances are friendly to walking and race staff attend a "half-mile" turnaround to let the little kids get back to the finish line quicker if they like.
Can parents run with their children? Parents are allowed to run with their children in the Kid's Marathon, but are encouraged to let their little ones accomplish the race on their own. The course is closely monitored and secured by race officials and local police. Parents running the 5K race need to be registered runners and have their own bib.
Finish Line & Kid Checkout: Only race personnel and kids participating in the race will be allowed in the finish chute and checkout areas. Once you see that your kid has crossed the finish line and entered the checkout area you can move to the exit where race officials will be checking kids out. Show your PARENT bib to the attendant and claim your child. If you have multiple kids in different waves, you will need to move away from the checkout area and return once your next kid is ready to be checked out.
If you do not have the bib that matches your kid’s bib, the attendant will look to verify the information you wrote on the back of the bib with your photo ID. If you can’t produce a photo ID or did not complete the information on the back of the bib, the attendant will direct you to one of our police partners who will work with you and the kid to turn over custody.
Please wear your PARENT bib and complete the information on the back of the ATHLETE bib to avoid any inconvenience on race day. If a parent has multiple kids participating, they should wear ALL of their PARENT bibs.
If a parent is planning to run with their kid, they should still wear the PARENT bib. In addition, the back of the ATHLETE bib should be filled out with all of the parent’s information.
ANYONE CAN RUN & YOU CAN RUN WHEREVER YOU ARE!
We’ve mapped out eight marathon routes in some of the major parts of the state. Working with the Louisiana Department of Education – LA Healthy Schools, we want to give everyone a chance to be a part of the fun. Pick your area, run a total of 26.2 miles from the safety of your neighborhood, track your progress on the Virtual Marathon Challenge map, and get rewarded for a job well done! CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SIGN UP FOR THE CHALLENGE.