Thursday, 29 October 2009

BUPA Great South Run followup

The BUPA Great South Run went very well for the Get Kids Going! team. The team arrived a day early to Portsmouth and stayed overnight in order to prepare and give last minute advice. Early Sunday October 26, the team headed to the race course to set up. They were eager to greet all the Get Kids Going! runners. Around 8 am, excited runners began showing up with their families, chatting and laughing. We were delighted to see such a turnout of runners.

The race began at 10:30am. Runners got to enjoy a beautiful run through the Southsea docks. David Fallows was the first male Get Kids Going! team member to cross the finish line and Gayle Sissons was the first female Get Kids Going! team member to cross the finish line. Over the next few hours, The Get Kids Going! team welcomed back all of our runners to the charity table for some post run refreshments and free massages! We had a great team of masseuses! And we thank them for their time and energy! We applaud all of the Get Kids Going! team members that came out to run! And we hope to see you next year!

Wednesday, 28 October 2009

New York Marathon events!

Get Kids Going! is excited to have so many runners participating this year! We will continue our New York City Marathon traditional Drink Party. The race will be run on Sunday November 1st, so the Get Kids Going! team is throwing a big welcome drinks party on Friday, October 30th at The Travel Inn on West 42nd street. The party is going to be a lot of fun! This will be the opportunity to get to meet and greet all the other Get Kids Going! runners and team members. The Get Kids Going! support team wants to take a big team photo, so runners should bring their Get Kids Going! T-shirts!

There are some great free running events Get Kids Going! recommends earlier in the weekend! Two free group runs are being conducted, one on Friday and one on Saturday morning by Sports Tours International. The first run is called the “Breakfast Run”. Information about the run will be posted in the Hotel Message board. The distance has not been posted yet, but the run will be a great chance to stretch your legs after sitting on the airplane

The second run is The Continental Airlines International Friendship Run which takes place on Saturday morning near the United Nations Building on First Avenue and 47th street. The event will be a leisurely 4k jog from the United Nations Building to Central Park. Running to Central Park will be a beautiful run and a great chance to see more of the famous city. The run is free and everyone can participate. The Friendship run will be a great warm up the next day’s race. Please wear your Get Kids Going! running T-shirts and your Union Jack flag. Show pride for your charity and your country! We hope to see you then!

Monday, 26 October 2009

The ING New York Marathon!

The ING New York Marathon is fast approaching. In less then ten days, over 63,000 runners will flood the New York City streets to compete in one of running's most famous races. Over 100,000 runners submitted applications into the lottery for this years race. The fees have risen this year to $171 for American entrants and to $231 for out of country applicants. This year's race course runs though New York’s five neighbourhoods: Staten Island, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Manhattan.

Get Kids Going! is excited to be attending the ING New York Marathon for the 13th year in a row. Get Kids Going! has a great sized team! But not all the competitors are running, Get Kids Going! is delighted to say that Paralympic metalist Shelly Woods is competing in the wheelchair race starting 50 minutes before the runners. Jane, the CEO of Get Kids Going! and former 3 time Get Kids Going! Marathon finisher says “We are delighted to have Shelly Woods participating in the wheelchair race, and hope that all the Get Kids Going! runners have a great time and a fantastic run on race day”. The Get Kids Going! team anticipates a great time! And will be cheering all our amazing runners on from the 25th mile marker!

Thursday, 22 October 2009

The BUPA Great South Run this weekend!

This Sunday, October 25th the Get Kids Going! team is headed Portsmouth for the BUPA Great South Run for its 7th year in a row! We have a large team of over 200 athletes ready to run for our children! There will be over 21,000 runner’s total, running on a flat, fast paced course through the Southsea docks. Participants will get a chance to see some of England’s naval history while they run, including the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior 1860.

We wish all runners luck on their 10 miles run! Remember to stop by the Get Kids Going! tent in the charity village next to Castle Field (No. 37 avenue D), and pick up your T-shirt before the race so you can show off your team spirit! After the race, stop by the Get Kids Going! tent again for a cup of Hot Tea or Coffee, Orange Juice, and a Mars Bar.

The race starts at 10:40am, but we advise you get to the race location at 9:00am just to make sure you are there with plenty of time! Good Luck! We will see you there!

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon!

The Bank of America Chicago Mararthon!

The Get Kids Going! team had not one, but two fantastic races on Sunday October 11, 2009. A small Get Kids Going! team participated in The Bank of America Chicago Marathon through Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park. The Get Kids Going! charity had 8 gracious runners who flew from England to America to raise money for our disabled children.

The weather, unlike the past two years, was cold, hovering around -4 C, but was good for running. Get Kids Going! Runner and Chicago Marathon participant Steve Clark told Get Kids Going! that, “people handled the weather well. Once you got started running your body warmed up.” Over 35,000 runners participated in this year’s race, and the amount of money raised during the marathon has not been counted yet. But Get Kids Going! hopes to have raised over £5,000 pounds. Sign up for next year's race by calling Get Kids Going! at 020 7481 8110

Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

Get Kids Going! had a fantastic team of runners in this year's Royal Parks Foundation London Half Marathon. Over 250 runners kindly ran for Get Kids Going!

The field of runners included Sue McAlister (pictured here on right) with the CEO of Get Kids Going Jane!

The Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon took place on Sunday on October 11, 2009 through London’s beautiful Hyde Park. The weather was good for running--cool but dry. The run started in Hyde Park, and continued by many historical landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, Admiralty Arch, and circled back to finish at the start point. Members of the Get Kids Going! team celebrated the end of the race by returning to the team tent, and enjoying victory refreshments for them and their families.

The overall race consisted of 15,000 runners who helped meet the race organizer's goal to raise over £2 million for charity. The Get Kids Going! team had a very successful race, hoping to have raised over £40,000 to provide wheelchairs for the many disabled children who need our help of reaching their dreams of one day being able to play sports. Sign up for next year’s team in the Royal Park Half Marathon at or call the Get Kids Going office at 020 7481 8110.