Team USA Minnesota’s Meghan Peyton participated in the “Save the Children World Marathon Challenge” on October 16 in Bloomington along with representatives of the Minnesota Vikings football team, Vikings cheerleaders. and children from the Ramalynn Montessori Academy. The elementary school was the first in the United States to be part of the Challenge effort, which is helping bring awareness to childhood hunger.
Twenty-seven children, ages 11-13, from the school did a simultaneous relay of a 26.2-mile marathon against 297 teams entered from around the world. Each child ran 200 meters for a total of 210 laps to reach the full marathon distance. Prior to the World Marathon, 36 children, ages 7-11, competed in a 1500 meter relay against 63 other teams from around the world.
The event, held on World Food Day, also featured a live internet feed with Patrick Makau, the current world marathon record holder, who sent his best wishes to the children taking part in the World Marathon Challenge for Save the Children.
Team USA Minnesota’s Antonio Vega will run in the IMT Des Moines Half Marathon on Sunday. Vega, who was the 2010 USA Half Marathon Champion, has a best in the distance of 1:01:54.