Kids kick off Oktoberfest with run

Eleven-year-old Ezekiel DeJonge can check off one of the items on his bucket list: running a marathon. The Spring Lake boy ran 1 mile in the Old Boys' Brewhouse Oktoberfest Kids Race on Friday night - prepping for today's 5K run and completing the 26 miles that are equal to a marathon within a year. "It's cool,' Ezekiel said. "I was finishing my marathon and I'm running a 5K (today).'
Kyle Moroney
Sep 17, 2011


“I think it’s amazing,” his mom, Paula DeJonge said. “It’s one of those things on his bucket list.”

The 40 kids who ran in Friday’s mile or 2-mile run were given certificates to check off each mile they complete throughout the year.

For many kids, Friday’s mile or 2 miles would be the first ones to check off. As they continue running throughout the year, they can mark off the number of miles they run, and check off their final marathon mile — mile 26 — in next year’s Oktoberfest race, organizer Diane Losee explained.

“We have three kids finishing their last mile of a marathon,” she said, “so they will get a real marathon medal.”

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