The Classic 10K Directors
Invite All Kids to Run for FREE
at the MiddletownHigh School Track

The Junior Classic

Is all about kids! The day starts with our youngest runners, 5 and under, running 50 meters.

Elementary-aged students compete on the track under the excellent direction of local elite runners and coaches at distances ranging from 100 meters to 800 meters.

All finishers will receive a Junior Classic Medallion and an event T-shirt.

Everyone is also invited to come back on Sunday and join us for the Awards Ceremony, to congratulate the winners, and mingle the runners.
kids racing on the track

Thunderbolt Run

Is a race that is taking place immediately following the Junior Classic on Saturday to help support kids with disabilities.

Please show your support for the Thunderbolt Runners as they compete in the Junior Classic on Saturday June 1st, at the Middletown High School track.

The ultimate event for the Junior Classic in again in 2020 is the 'Final Mile Celebration' of Rod Dixon's inspired KiDSMARATHON.

This event is a 8-10 week running & nutrition education program that empowers KiDS to complete a full marathon (26.2 miles) by running parts of it weekly. The Mission is to inspire KiDS with a life long commitment to activity, and to encourage fitness habits and healthy food choices... read more.

Rod Dixon is an Olympic Medalist and a winner of the New York City Marathon who sees the need and is an advocate of children's health and fitness... more.
Don't have the resources or time to get the full marathon distance done?

No problem as the Final Mile event is open to everyone!

Anyone can join in the workouts and participate in the Final Mile Event.

Rules below.
The Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON is open to all schools as well as Middletown's school system.

The Final Mile event is open to K-5 kids from everywhere following the Junior Classic.

Everyone in the Junior Classic is also encouraged to participate in The Final Mile event.

Kids do not need to participate in the Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON training program to participate, they just won't receive a t-shirt and medal if they have not done the training.

Kids participating in the Junior Classic will still receive a t-shirt and medallion as they have in previous years. Always fun and special for everyone.

However, only the kids completing the Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON program will receive the shirt and finisher medal acknowledging this accomplishment. They must show their five wristbands on the day of the Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Final Mile event proving they are indeed celebrating their "Final Mile".

The Rod Dixon's KiDSMarathon program also embraces the national pediatric initiative called "5-2-1-0". Explanation of the program is on line and also part of the Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON magazine which is encouraged reading for the event. HealthyOrange

The Junior Classic is honored to be a partner with Healthy Orange and Orange County's Department of Health.

A Note to Parents,
Guardians and Coaches

The Junior Classic is for all children. Whether they run, walk or do both, getting to the finish line is the goal! Listen to Frank Shorter talk about the importance of letting children run.

kids reward themselves with ice cream

These runners know how to replenish their electrolytes, just like Mom and Dad!

Olympic Gold Medalist Frank Shorter with Junior Classic Milers


There are many ways to prepare for a race. Download an article by Runners World contributor, Hal Higdon, about a program geared to keeping kids interested, while they learn to run better, longer, faster.


Schedule of Events - Saturday at 9 a.m.

Junior Classic Races:
50 meters for ages 5 and under,
100, 200, 400 & 800 meters for ages 6 and up.

Thunderbolt Mile:
For runners with disabilities.

Kid's Marathon Final Mile:
Cheer on local kids who finish the last mile of Olympic Medalist Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON program, encouraging physical activity in young people.

Junior Classic Application


The Junior Classic Races are cosponsored by our good friends, the Middletown Cares Coalition.

Middletown Cares promotes drug-free living