EL PASO - Thousands of local elementary school students are expected to arrive at 10 AM this Saturday morning at UTEP in their running gear. They are taking the first steps in a full 26.2 mile marathon, one lap at a time, over 6 months. The "marathon kids" program is free and open to all kids in kindergarten through 5th grade, either through their school, home school organization. Parents can also register their kids through the organization's website if the program is not offered through school. The goal is to promote healthy habits in younger children to combat diabetes and obesity.