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Westport Kids Race to Save Children's Lives Worlwide

Brothers Ben Klein, 9, and Elliot Klein, 7, of Westport wave American flags at the Save the Children event on Saturday.
Brothers Ben Klein, 9, and Elliot Klein, 7, of Westport wave American flags at the Save the Children event on Saturday. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Hundreds of Westport residents raised more than $30,000 at the launch of Save the Children's World Marathon Challenge, a global relay in which teams of children from around the world will band together throughout the month of October to complete a full marathon distance of 26.2 miles.

Held at Staples High School, the money raised in Westport went toward a combined U.S. fundraising goal of $100,000. The funds raised at each race will be used by Save the Children to provide child-focused interventions, ranging from offering newborn care advice to diagnosing and treating preventable diseases like diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria.

"The World Marathon Challenge gives kids an opportunity to help other kids in the United States and globally, while also having fun," president and CEO of Save the Children Carolyn Miles said in a statement. "Whether kids run in the race, raise funds or raise their voice to help more children survive the first five years of life, they can be powerful advocates for other kids."

Fifty-thousand kids in more than 60 countries around the world will take the World Marathon Challenge. In the United States alone, nearly 12,000 kids in schools and clubs in 21 states and the District of Columbia will lace up their sneakers and race to the finish line. Relay races will be held throughout this month worldwide, with the grand finale on Oct. 23, when hundreds of teams will run simultaneously.

"Every child in the United States and around the globe deserves the very best chance to live a bright future, but not every child gets this chance, the chance to survive and thrive," Miles added in the statement. "Achieving this vision is not a sprint, but a marathon – a world marathon."

For more information, visit the Save the Children Facebook page .

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