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Superhero marathon fun for kids, benefits schools

LAWTON, Okla._KSWO is offering cash awards for schools with the highest percentage of participation in the Spirit of Survival Superhero Kid's Marathon on October 5.

Last year, over 1,000 kids joined together at Elmer Thomas Park to help in the fight against cancer. Schools must keep a log and each student participating has to walk or run 25 miles before October 5. On the day of the event, they finish up the last 1.2 miles to complete the marathon. Schools can sign up through September 20 and if they finish in the top three, in terms of participation, they are awarded cash prizes from $200 to $500.

Teachers, parents, and kids alike from Trinity Christian Academy say they are pumped about the upcoming marathon. School officials say the P.E. teachers have the kids training as they get them ready for a fun and deserving cause.

Pre-K teacher Shirley Newton says the kids are already planning what they will wear as they help the fight against cancer.

"One is going to be a superhero. One is going to be Superman. One is going to be Spider-Man. One's going to be the Hulk. They are all excited about dressing up and coming out that day," said Newton.

Darryl Nightingale, principal at Trinity Christian Academy, says the school generally places in the top three. He says the grant money goes to keep the kids even more fit after training for the kids' marathon.

"We enhance our P.E. program. We purchase items that will help students become healthier as they participate in P.E.," said Nightingale.

Nightingale says the enthusiasm of the staff, when it comes to the event, shows just how much they care about both the cause and the children.

"Teachers are dedicated to the welfare of the students and they love their students," said Nightingale.

Newton says she's so proud of her students to participate in this event and she encourages everyone to come out, even if they aren't with a school, to show their support of such a worthy cause.

"I think it's just so worthwhile because it stays here in Lawton and it's helping those people that live here. Sometimes you can't go out and do a lot but if you can help just one time, this is the time to help," said Newton.

Trinity Christian Academy has a little over 20 kids participating in the Superhero Marathon. There are three different sized divisions in the KSWO challenge, from small to large.

If you are a school representative, or just want to see how you can participate in the Spirit of Survival, click here to find out how to sign up.


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