So in my humble opinion,introduce fitness to your kids at an early stage and one such platform to get them started could be ‘ Little Hearts Marathon’.
First a little about the race.This charity run is organised every year by the Bai Jerbai Wadia Hospital. ‘Little Hearts Marathon’ helps raise funds for setting up a cardiac centre at BJWHC and in turn reduce the costs and waiting times for cardiac surgeries for the underprivileged kids.
On the 8th of February kids along with parents assembled at the maidan behind Siddhi Vinayak temple at 7.45 am.There was huge participation and the atmosphere was a little chaotic.There were army bands,girl scouts and some schools participating in the event.
|The kids assembled with parents at Maidan behind Siddhi Vinayak|
The race was flagged off by Mr. Aditya Thackeray at 8.15 after a Ganesh Vandana and Stellar gymnastics performances by students of Poddar School.Shreyas Talpade,Ness Wadia and many such eminent personalities were present at the maidan to promote such endeavours .Initially, there were volunteers at every 300 meters ,guiding you to the next racepoint.After a few kilometres ,however,we could not find any volunteers or signages giving directions.Also there was poor arrangement of water.It is a short distance but there were kids participating,and the organisers should have been more heedful.
|Just look at the participation|
|The Race Flag Off with heart shape gallons flying in the air|
|Kids from Poddar school performing|
|Parents waiting patiently|
|And I set off|
|Girl Scouts participating|
The race ended at Wadia hospital.And while kids were supposed to do 2.5 kms ,my friends and their kid ended up doing a good 5.5. kms by missing the route.In the end the kids were given goodie bags with games and eateries ,tshirts and certificates.No wonder the kids love this race so much.
Aditya Gupta(8 yrs) was one of the youngest kids to finish 5.5 kms and he was our spokesperson.Let’s see what he has to say about the race.
“I wanted to show that small children can also run long distance and make my parents feel proud of me. I had trained for it also.I did the full 5.5 kms and not the 2.5 kms category.
I felt very happy and proud of myself.It was very tiring in the end.I will again do it next year
There were many children who did the run and it was good to run with them.”
In my personal opinion such events are more of photo ops for New papers I have never really liked them and Kids specially under the age group of 8 years should not be made to run a distance of 2.5 kms or in this case 5.5 which is really a torture.
Prerna Sinha says
Hi Vinni,I agree with you on the point that very young kids should not be made to run very long distances.But here I mean unto the age of 4-5 years.Beyond that they can easily do 2.5 kms.Here the kid who went for the race chose to do 5.5 kms on his own will.And this is an event by registration,no one is forcing them,It’s a good cause and fun race.