Wilton athletes to be part of World Marathon Challenge

Wilton High School’s sports teams, along with Wilton Youth Field Hockey and Wilton Youth Football and Youth Cheerleading, will join former NFL running back Vince Workman to participate in Save the Children’s World Marathon Challenge at Wilton High School on Monday, Oct. 14.

The event will raise funds and awareness for Save the Children, a Westport-based international relief and development agency.

The World Marathon Challenge is a global relay in which teams of children from around the world challenge themselves and each other to complete a full marathon. Fifty thousand children in more than 60 countries will be participating in the World Marathon Challenge, with events to be held throughout October worldwide. The grand finale is on Oct. 23, when hundreds of teams will run simultaneously.

The launch of the Wilton High School event will be led by the school and youth sports teams, who are inviting all Wilton youth to either join the relay or cheer on the participants. The event will also include games, raffles, bake sales, face painting, and more.

Children participating in the race will receive World Marathon Challenge certificates. All funds raised at this event will go toward Save the Children’s programs in the United States and globally.

The Pizza Truck Company and the College Creamery, both of Wilton, will also be selling food and refreshments at the event, with a portion of the proceeds also going to Save the Children.