Rod is in New Zealand - and reported by the Nelson Mail: One of the country's finest runners was a welcome visitor in the country this week, helping some young runners make metres towards good health.
Nelson-born Olympian and New York City Marathon winner Rod Dixon visited Mahana School on Monday to encourage the next generation of winners as part of the Kidsmarathon programme he established in 2005.
Following a motto of "finishing is winning, winning is finishing", participants take part in regular running or walking sessions until the full 42.2km distance is completed.
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Dixon has become a worldwide advocate for children's health and fitness, through exercise and nutrition. He estimates that 300,000 young people have participated in his KiDSMARATHON program while learning positive life-long habits.
"I know the kids are engaged and they enjoy running," he said. "I grew up when running was a form of punishment. Now kids love to run because they were born to run."
Read more HERE - By Jim Waggoner
KiDSMARATHON is accepting registrations for the 2016 program. Structured around an eight to ten week training program following a booklet of healthy living suggestions while keeping track of their mileage toward the 26.2 mile goal. The program’s author is Rod Dixon, a former long distance runner from New Zealand and winner of the New York City marathon. Schools can begin and implement the program in a variety of settings, but the ideal start time is the third week of March. For more information visit the CAS website - http://cas.casciac.org/?p=8901 or KiDSMARATHON-CT
Rod Dixon, a father (and grandfather!) runner who founded Kid’s Marathon Foundation, an in-school running and nutrition program that gets kids moving. In his delightful Kiwi accent, Rod shares stories about his start in running and how his experience lead him to help “keep kids calibrated” by bringing running into their school day. Read on...
KiDSMARATHON founder and former marathon and track great Rod Dixon met with the Wamogo track and field teams at Plumb Hill Playing Fields on Wednesday to offer some words of encouragement as the teams prepare for the Class S championship meet on Monday. Below, Dixon spent time individually with Brandon Leclair and Brooke Neller, Berkshire League champions in the 3200 meters and 800 meters, respectively. Contributed photos. Published Litchfield.bz (05-28-15)