Kids on the GO is a physical activity program that was developed to encourage students to exercise and make a healthy lifestyle a way of life. This voluntary program is offered to students in a number of our elementary schools. Sponsored by the Safe and Healthy Children’s Coalition of Collier County, the Kids on the GO program provides incentives and recognition to students in grades 3-5 who run a total of 26.2 miles (a full marathon) over a period of six to twelve weeks. The children run before or after school and parents are asked to encourage additional physical activity outside of the school day. Students log their miles, set goals, build endurance, and enjoy the satisfaction of achieving their goals. Teachers and administrators report that students in the program are more attentive in class, have fewer disciplinary referrals, and display increased self-confidence. Parents are invited to educational sessions that help them learn more about healthy food choices and meal preparation as well as the importance of exercise for adults and children.