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My Son is my Hero Today! Our "Marathon Kids" Experience
Today, my nine-year old son Brandon celebrated the culmination of several months of effort by attending and completing the "Final Mile" ceremony for Marathon Kids.  In essence, Brandon completed a full marathon's worth of running over a period of many weeks, and this final event was held at a stadium in south Austin with a party atmosphere and tons of encouragement, cheering, and music.  The kids felt like rock stars.
After they ran the final mile (which was actually about ½ mile), they were awarded with a nice gold medal and a t-shirt.  In my son's case, he will also be getting the video game of his choosing today when we go to GameStop.  That was my contribution to help get him on the right path toward regular exercise.  So far, it seems to be working well as an additional incentive.
He completed his final run for the marathon this past Monday evening, and he is already working toward a new goal, which is a subscription to Nick Magazine.  The subscription is about $20, so Brandon has agreed to run 20 miles for this.  Not a bad trade for either of us.  He has already gone about 1.5 miles toward the new goal. 
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