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 Kids’ Marathon Returns to Bristol October 2nd!
In partnership with the Bristol Rotary Club and New Hamp- shire Marathon, Mid-State Health Center is the proud spon- sor of the Kids’ Marathon. The Kids’ Marathon will be a FREE event offered to children as part of the New Hampshire Mara- thon on Saturday, October 2, to promote and foster healthy eating and active living among youth.
Here is how the Kids’ Marathon works: All chil- dren grades K - 8 are eligible to participate in the Kids’ Mara- thon on race day. The goal is for each registered youth participant to complete 25.2 miles of run-
ning/walking/activity PRIOR to the Kids’ Marathon and then participate in the race in Bristol, NH, to complete the final mile of their “marathon” at the Kids’ Marathon.
Race Day is Saturday, Oc- tober 2, 2021, along with the NH Marathon. The Kid’s Race check-in will begin at 8:00 am at Kelley Park in Bristol, and the race starts just after 9:00 am. Kids will be bussed to the start of the race. Please bring a mask for the bus ride. CDC Guidelines will be followed to ensure the safety of the families who are attending the event. Parents/Guardians are
asked to please stay onsite while their children complete the race.
Race Start is at the Old Mill Parking Area by the Multi-Use Path in Bristol, NH, across from Old Mill Properties. There will be a celebration immediately fol- lowing at Kelley Park to recognize this INCREDIBLE achievement for all children who complete the Mid-State Kids’ Marathon.
A special marathon medal will be given to each child who brings their COMPLETED training log on Race Day! To pre-register for the Free Kids’ Marathon online and print the mileage log, visit or stop by the
Tapply-Thompson Community Center for a registration packet. If you want more information, please contact the NH Marathon: or call 744-2713.
Running can be done any- where. In a neighborhood, at the beach, at the ball field, or a local track. Children need to be sure they are running in a safe place, and parents should know where their children are when running/ walking; everyone needs to stay safe. The buddy system keeps kids safe and offers encouragement to all. Wear a good pair of sneakers and try to keep one pair just for
running. It is essential for kids to eat right, stay hydrated, and get plenty of sleep as part of an over- all exercise program as well.
Mid-State Health Center wishes all the runners, and par- ticularly the youth participants, the very best success in meeting their health and fitness goals as they prepare to compete in the New Hampshire Marathon and Kids’ Marathon this October. Mid-State staff will be on hand to volunteer and assist at the Kids’ Marathon and look forward to cheering on the kids as they cross the finish line!
Mid-State Health Center, Bristol & Plymouth, NH
 Equine Immersion Project Supports Military & First Responders
The Equine Immersion Project (EIP) is dedicated to helping Veterans, Active Duty Military, First Responders and their families experience the
healing power of horse therapy. The organization’s next all day, introductory event will be held at Ladd Farm in Bristol, New Hampshire, on October 2.
Founder Tara Mahoney, a Licensed Professional Coun- selor (LPC) and Certified Clin- ical Trauma Professional (CTP), guides interactions with therapy
horses as well as other animals. At a recent event at EIP’s home base, Stepping Stones Farm and Event Center in Temple, New Hampshire, 46 participants in- teracted with three horses, two mini horses, two mini donkeys, and other animals from the farm. “The mission of EIP is to serve those who have served and still serve,” Mahoney explains. “Our teams created a commu- nity of support to those strug- gling with trauma, during a fun and interactive family day.”
An Active Duty Medic in- teracts with the therapy horse, Rico, during EIP’s September event at Stepping Stones Farm. (Photo courtesy Ladd Farm.)
By engaging with the horses, participants and their families
increase their coping strategies, interpersonal skills, and mind- fulness, as well as self-confidence and leadership. As one veteran stated, “When I’m here, I put my past behind me and con- centrate on the future and the present. I would recommend all veterans to experience what I experience at EIP and Stepping Stones.” To find out more about the Equine Immersion Project, visit https://equineimmersion-
The Equine Immersion Proj- ect provides services at no cost to participants. Funding comes from foundations, federal grants, and private donations.
For More Information: Tara Mahoney, tmahoney.eip@gmail. com, 201-454-2445.
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