Several thousand students, representing a nationally recognized school district, will hit the trail in the conclusion to the third annual McAllen Kids Marathon set for Saturday, January 14, at McAllen Convention Center.

More than 4,000 children in kindergarten through eighth grade will run their final mile of a marathon that began in September. Students have logged their miles along the way in order to complete their 26.2- mile run.

In fact, in three years, approximately 7,000 McAllen ISD students have participated in the Kids Marathon, accumulating more than 180,000 miles! That’s like circling the Earth more than seven times.

The race will start and end by the reflecting pool on the south side of the Convention Center. Check in time for the race will be 7 a.m. with the race commencing at 8 a.m. Adults will participate in the fourth annual McAllen Marathon Scott Crane Memorial Run at 7 a.m. Sunday, also at the Convention Center.

Wilson Elementary has had 100 percent student participation in this year’s Kids Marathon.

McAllen ISD has earned multiple national honors for its efforts to improve child health and nutrition. This includes:

• Earning a district-wide Physical Education Program Grant in 2012 – one of 56 districts in nation

• All 32 eligible schools recognized by Let’s Move! Active Schools in 2014-16

• All 32 eligible schools earning Bronze, Silver or Gold National Healthy Schools awards from The Alliance for a Healthier Generation in 2014-16 – largest district in nation to have all eligible schools earn an award.

• In 2015-16, five McAllen ISD schools, the most of any school district in Texas, earned a state PE award from Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (TAHPERD).