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Kids run race to fight childhood obesity

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TEMPE, Ariz. -

Before the P.F. Chang's Rock and Roll Arizona marathon on Sunday morning, some kids had a chance to pound the pavement on Saturday.

The annual Kids Rock Arizona took place at Tempe Beach Park.

The event has one goal in mind: fight childhood obesity one mile at a time.

FOX 10 Morning Anchor Ron Hoon was on hand to help get the kids motivated.

Kids in kindergarten to sixth grade took part in the one mile race. It wasn't competitive or timed.

Organizers say it's all about having fun and making it to the finish line.

To qualify, kids had to accumulate 25.2 miles of a marathon at their own pace. They had anywhere from four to eight weeks to go the distance.

"Every Tuesday at school we would run more than a mile so that helped me a lot," said Tyler Tapia.

The best thing about this race is everyone's a winner.

"In the starting point, I was like, 'I can do this.' And then the finishing line I was so proud, I did this and everybody clapped for me," said Bianca Cardosa.

Every runner was rewarded with an official race number, a t-shirt, a goodie bag and even a colorful medal, just for finishing.

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