FINAL MILE CHALLENGE
The Final Mile Challenge, presented by Kaiser Permanente, is geared to encourage students to set a goal and attain it. The program encourages exercise and eating healthy while training to run the final mile of the Santa Clarita Marathon. To participate students are encouraged to complete all 25 training miles before race day and register to run the final mile of the Marathon.
Designed to promote health and fitness among children, this non-competitive event for grades K-6 follows a one mile course starting at the new Porche Dealership, which is adjacent to the Barnes & Noble. Parents may accompany younger children or cheer them on at the finish line.
Kaiser Permanente Training Tip
- Chris Raigosa, MD, from Kaiser Permanente Santa Clarita Department of Family Medicine, wants to congratulate the Final Mile Challenge participants on making it this far in your training! You are almost to the end of completing your marathon! Eat a light breakfast that’s easily digested, such as a piece of fruit, ideally two hours before your race. Avoid eating anything fried or fatty that may upset your stomach. Also, avoid eating anything new on race day – your stomach may be sensitive to new foods, and race day would be a bad time to find out!
- On that note, avoid trying anything new on race day – Avoid new shoes and accessories that haven’t been “broken in” before race day. You may develop blisters or chafing.
- Also, get a good night’s sleep before race day. Sleeping well can help give you lots of energy for the race!
- Limit screen time and video games. Play with your siblings, read books, and do something active with your family like talking walks, riding bikes, or playing active games together.
- Make sure to warm up before your race.
- Wear sunscreen- it will be hot! You need to protect your skin from the sun; wearing a hat provides extra protection. Kaiser Permanente staff will also pass out sunscreen on race day.
- Drink lots of water. For races or exercise longer than an hour, add a sports drink with low sugar content.
- Watch your surroundings. Race starts can be crowded – make sure to watch your footing so you don’t trip over a curb or a classmate’s foot. Be courteous to other racers.
- Pace yourself. With all of the excitement, you will be tempted to start out fast and sprint in the beginning. Start slow and finish fast.
- Most importantly, have fun! Well done on your training and we look forward to cheering you on at the finish line!
Use the password you received from your school. Online Registration will end on September 30, 2019.
Registration tip! Enter the parent information first then add your child’s information. When ask, who is this registration for? Select: someone else under 18 if you are registering your child.