BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - Students at Ramalynn Montessori Academy are lacing up their shoes to help fight childhood hunger on Tuesday. They're taking part in the "Save the Children" World Marathon Challenge.
Around 300 teams all across the world will simultaneously run a marathon. Each team member will run 200 meters at a time until they've reached the 26.2 mile mark. The goal is to beat the world record marathon time of 02:03:48 held by Patrick Makau of Kenya. Ramalynn Montessori Academy is the first school in the United States to take part and will Skype with Makau before the run begins.
Members of the Minnesota Vikings will help cheer on the team and members of the Team USA Track and Field team will lead the kids in warm-ups.
The main objective of the World Marathon Challenge is to raise awareness about childhood hunger but the kids also raised around $7,000.
KARE 11's Bryan Piatt spent the morning with the kids as they got ready for the big run.