School kids cover the distance at marathon

After collectively covering the equivalent of the 1600km length of New Zealand in training since April, 38 Pigeon Mountain Primary School runners headed to central Auckland on Sunday to complete their 2019 Auckland Kids Marathon.

Weekly after-school runs meant the children were well prepared for their final challenge a 2.2km run to Victoria Park alongside hundreds of other young participants.
Principal Ian Dickinson says he is very proud of the runners and the resilience they showed in training.

Students of Pigeon Mountain School take a break after a 2.2km dash to Victoria Park alongside hundreds of other young participants. Photo supplied

‘The children never miss a training run, often braving wintry weather after busy days at school,” he says.
‘This is the third Pigeon Mountain group to complete the event, and we hope this inspires a love of running it would be great to see these children continuing to run and perhaps compete in the full event as adults