Need a number for the Peachtree? Support Kilometer Kids

10:41 AM, Mar 29, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- If you didn't get a number in the lottery for the Peachtree, it's not too late! You can secure your spot by supporting Kilometer Kids, one of the official charities of the AJC Peachtree Road Race this year.

They may be shorter and a tad bit younger, but these athletes are just as focused on the goal.

"It's fun and active," said 7-year-old Jalyn Lee.

"You get to race, and your friends are there!" Xander Herman added.

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Kilometer Kids is the Atlanta Track Club's youth running program, and it's a feeder for the Peachtree Jr.

"We average nearly 2,000 a year that are participating in the program," said Tracy Russell of the Atlanta Track Club.

The Peachtree is months away, but the children have already been training ... and winning.

Kids compete in series of races. They can log their miles online and earn prizes along the way.

"We're trying to teach them a fun way to exercise," said coach Nicole Tendon.

Every Kilometer Kid aims to run 26.2 miles in just 11 weeks.

"At the end of the program, they don't even realize that they've run a marathon," Tendon laughed.

They're tackling one of the biggest issues today.

"There's a lot of obese children," said 12-year-old Amir Crowe. "It's important for us to get out and stay active and eat good so that way we could be healthy when we grow up."

"Now with the Kilometer Kids program, we actually see them slimming down," Tendon said. "We need this program."

They are teaching the children the importance of healthy habits, an active lifestyle -- and, of course, fun.

As an official charity of the AJC Peachtree Road Race, Kilometer Kids will receive 300 race numbers. They'll sell them for $150 each. The money raised will go to help local children get active and develop healthy habits from a young age.

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