The fifth annual Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids will have the community moving on April 27 to support pediatric programs and services at Covenant HealthCare -- with a few new twists!
This year, the Half Marathon will feature a pacer team service sponsored by McDonald GMC Cadillac. A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced leader who run together. The pace leader runs a steady pace and keeps track of that pace so the group can achieve their goal of finishing the race in a particular time.
Laura Fiore, Go the Extra Mile founder and Race Director is excited, because "Pace teams keep racers motivated, energized, and mentally on track to meet their goals."
These pacers will cover runners who wish to finish within 1 hour 40 minutes and 2 hours 45 minutes, and will be at early packet pickup and day-of registration to meet and provide information to runners. This is a free service for registered athletes. The pace team will line up about 30 minutes prior to the race at the start line. Groups will be identified by pace signs.
Also new this year is the YMCA of Saginaw 5K and Half Marathon training program. Training is for all levels, walkers or runners- beginner to advanced. Whether participants are looking to simply finish their first race or set a personal record, the program can help them reach their individual goals. The overall objective of this program is to help participants embrace a healthy lifestyle for a lifetime- not just the duration of the program. For more information on training, contact Tina Dowe at 989-753-7721.
"With all these features, this race has become a spectacular venue for those interested in training for their first half marathon! The course is flat and fast. There are aid stations every two miles and spirit stations to provide emotional support along the way," says Fiore.
Organized by TriToFinish and the YMCA of Saginaw, with sponsorship support by Runners Performance and Caravan, Go the Extra Mile for Covenant Kids highlights some of the Great Lakes Bay Region's nicest features.
The day entails four events, each start at Swan Valley High School (8400 O'Hern Road, Saginaw, MI, 48609). Participants have the option to register in the Hand Cyclist Half Marathon, the Half Marathon Run, 5K Run, 5K Walk, or the 1 Mile Fun Run/Walk. This half marathon is a certified by USA Track and Field.
Early registration rates available prior to April 14 with special discounts available for youth runners ages 12 and under. For full details, visit www.covenantkidsrace.com.
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