Students lacing up for marathon

To many people running a marathon seems like a daunting task, but not for some Fayette County students.

Right now hundreds of students are training together, logging miles and becoming healthier all because of one Lexington mom's love with the sport.

Sarah-Ashley Solie is a mom on a mission at Stonewall Elementary.

"I'm really passionate about health and wellness and I really wanted to make a difference in the lives of children,"said Sarah-Ashley Solie.

The registered dietitian and mom of a fourth grader spreads her message by cheering on students to be healthier.

"The statistics show that one in three kids actually develop type two diabetes sometimes in their lifetime."

To tackle that fact, Solie an avid runner turned her love into a way to motivate youngsters to love it too!

Solie helped develop the Kids Marathon training program.

So far 300 students have laced up for the eight week course.

"The kids log their miles leading up to the race and they need to log a total of 25.2 miles before the race day."

The students will finish their last mile together at the PTA 5k in October which benefits Fayette County Schools and healthy initiatives.

Outside during PE class students check their pedometers, inside they proudly display their progress.

For some the training has become not only a school project but a family affair as well.

One fifth grader says her entire family runs each night together and as they log their miles they reward themselves with fun activities.

Its a simple goal of making the world healthier and its spreading with every lap that these small tennis shoes take each day.

Come race day no one will cheering harder than Solie!

"I can't wait to be at the finish line and see these kids cross the finish line."

The PTA 5K is October 21, for more information on signing up and for how you can get your child involved in the next Kids Marathon training program or a program offered through the YMCA for middle and high school students look for the links below.

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