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200 Shidler Students are Now Ready for a RUN to REMEMBER!

C4K and the Oklahoma City Memorial Kids Marathon partnered again this year to equip and empower a group of young runners from Shidler Elementary School in Oklahoma City! Each of these students received a pair of New Balance running shoes and a pair of running socks, both provided by generous donors. Each runner’s entrance into the Kids Marathon was sponsored by the Inasmuch Foundation.

The Kids Marathon encourages children to live a healthy lifestyle, while teaching important lessons from the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, and the Oklahoma Standard. The group from Shidler will complete 25 miles over the course of the semester, saving the last 1.2 miles of the marathon for Race Day where they celebrate with their community. C4K and the Memorial Kids Marathon equipped 175 runners at Santa Fe South Elementary School in 2019 and are proud to bring this partnership to a new group of young athletes.

“In recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing and running in the 20th Annual Run to Remember, it’s important we Look Back and Run Forward to remember and teach this story about how our community came together, to the next generation.” said Kari Watkins, Executive Director, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. “The Oklahoma Standard is truly evident today.”

“We are so honored to partner again with the team at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon to get these young runners ready to run in shoes that fit and can help them do their best,” C4K Executive Director Stacy McDaniel said, “We hear every day from coaches and teachers that a lack of running shoes is the biggest obstacle to kids getting active so it’s our mission to make sure that all kids get that experience no matter their financial situation.”

The Distribution Event at Shidler this week was FULL of fun and smiles! See photos and a video below of all the athletes getting laced up and ready for the Kids Marathon. C4K would like to thank all of our amazing partners, volunteers and friends who made this so much fun!