Cigna Kid’s Running Program

Get Kids Moving And Give Them The Means To Do It!

Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood.

Children’s lives can be impacted in a fun and enjoyable way by teaching the development of life skills that will result in their living a more healthy, safe and balanced life.

In 2018, 350 middle school aged kids from inner-city and economically challenged neighborhoods throughout the Tampa Bay community participated in the Cigna Kids Running Program.  For six-weeks, the kids took part in Tampa Parks and Recreation Dept Staffed fitness drills and life goals training.  Through these drills, the kids were introduced to running as a lifestyle activity and to the concept that being fit can be fun.

The goal for the kids from the beginning…their carrot…if they attended all of the training sessions, attended school on a daily basis (no absences), had a good attitude, were polite, respectful and helpful and worked as a team, on Sunday morning, February 25th, they, along with their coaches, chaperones and volunteers, would be transported to Bayshore Boulevard to run the final two miles of the 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon.


Cigna Kids Running Program Kids Make A HUGE Impact On 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Runners & Walkers And Then…Experience Bayshore Boulevard And The Feeling Of Crossing The 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon Finish Line!

On Sunday, February 25, 2018, the Kids did indeed do what for six weeks, they had worked and trained to do.  In addition to running the final two miles and crossing the Finish Line of the 2018 Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon, on Race Morning, they did what they promised to do and touched the lives of thousands of Publix Gasparilla Half Marathon runners and walkers as they too, were in the final two miles of their half marathon.  The Kids cheered them on…high fived them as they passed by…smiled at them and for many, the kids provided the extra push that got them to their Finish Line.


Thanks to Publix Super Markets, Cigna Healthcare, Kellogg’s and Under Armour, each Cigna Kid received a PGDC Kids Running Program T-Shirt, a pair of Under Armour running shoes and a pair of Gasparilla ‘Pirate’ Themed Running Socks.

The Cigna Kids Running Program is administered by the Gasparilla Distance Classic Association in cooperation with the Tampa Parks and Recreation Dept.