Welcome!  The information on this page is for individuals interested in starting and official program.

We are excited that you have decided to start a Little Rockers Kids Marathon Program and appreciate your desire to promote youth fitness.  The journey begins with you!

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Benefits for Children

Benefits for Teachers

  • Combats childhood obesity
  • Promotes pride in accomplishment and life-long positive habits
  • Non-competitive – all children are successful
  • A fun experience for children of all ages
  • Group goal setting
  • FREE
  • Easy to implement and turn-key
  • Training, advice, and support provided
  • Excellent resource guide for health-related topics
  • Supplements or fulfills physical activity requirements
  • Improves students’ focus and behavior

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES FOR PROGRAMS

Date Item
12/17/2021 Program Leader Registration Opens
12/20/2021 Public Official Registration Opens
1/8/2021 Programs Runner/Volunteer Registration Opens
1/15/2021 Public Volunteer Registration Opens
1/30/2021 Shirt Sizes not guaranteed after this date
2/21/2021 All Registration Closes
2/28/2021 Program Packet Pick Up (TBA)
3/4/2021 Public Expo Packet Pick Up (Statehouse Convention Center)
3/5/2021 Race Day

 NEW – PROGRAM LEADER INFORMATION
The Little Rockers Kids Marathon, presented by the Hatcher Agency, is a great way to get children excited about physical fitness and reward them for their accomplishments. Little Rockers programs are led by adult volunteers from schools, before- and after-school programs, community centers, homeless shelters, civic, religious organization, nonprofits and other civic groups.  An official program is 10 or more children.

Not all children are alike, so not all Little Rocker Programs are alike.  The training program is designed to allow each leader to be as creative as their time, talent and budget will allow.

QUICK START GUIDE

  1. Become familiar with all aspects of the Little Rockers Kids Marathon Training Program and Final Mile.
  2. Register your program CLICK HERE
    ~ After your application has been approved, your Program will be listed on the website and instructions sent on how to access the Leader area, which has all the information you will need to get your program started.
    ~ Only one leader needs to submit an application for a Program. Additional leaders, teachers, helpers can be listed on the Program’s submission.   To add additional helpers/leaders to a Program at a later date, please email Kristen.
    ~ Be sure to take advantage of the forms and tools you might need for your program. These include:
    • Parent Welcome and Instructions – Sample Letter
    • Student Welcome – Sample Letter
    • Mileage Tracker
    • Running Log
    • Little Rockers Club Card
  1. Seek permission from your school or organization if you are starting a new program. Race officials can help you if needed.  Please email us (click here).
  2. Develop a schedule
    ~ Determine your start and end dates.
    ~ How many times will your program meet?
    ~ Where and when will your Program meet?
    ~ Whatever you decide, your program should provide 30 minutes or more of activity multiple days per week.
    ~ Training Schedules are available online
  3. Establish Program goal(s)
    There are as many goals as there are programs.  Setting your goal(s) will help to gauge staffing needs (other adults helping you) and equipment requirements, among other things.
    ~ Will your Program work toward completing the Little Rockers Kids Marathon Final Mile on March 5 or an event at your school (if you are not able to travel to Little Rock)?
    ~ Will you attempt to “run across the country” or “run across the state,” tallying cumulative miles run by all participants?
    ~ Will your Program work toward improving test scores or motivation?
  4. Recruit kids to your Program
    ~ Set up an information table during the PTA or School Open House
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    Send a letter home in the children’s back packs
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    Put a poster up
  5. Start training
  6. Update Race Headquarters
    ~ Tell us how many children you have training. This helps us know how many shirts and medals to order.
    ~ Share success stories.
    ~ Take photos and post on the Little Rockers Face Book page.
    ~ Let us know what makes your program fun and different.
  7. Register your Little Rockers for the Final Mile
    $20 through 1/30/22
    $25 after 1/30/2022
    If you can’t make it to Little Rock and want to do a Final Mile at your school, please tell us. Shirts and medals are available for purchase.
  8. See you at the Final Mile on March 5

QUESTIONS

Kristen Lippencott, Chair | Email