On Your Mark, Get Set, Run: Marathon Kids Kicks Off Sept. 16
Austin ISD and Marathon Kids celebrates the second year of a partnership to take youth exercise in Austin to the next level.
Through the collaboration, AISD elementary school teachers will use the Marathon Kids research-based curriculum during daily Working Out for Wellness time.
During the course of the year, students will be encouraged to run or walk the equivalent of four marathons in 10-minute daily increments. For each marathon completed, students receive rewards from Nike.
What: Edmund Oropez, AISD chief of teaching and learning; Michele Rusnak, AISD health and physical education supervisor; Christine Pollei, Marathon Kids executive director; will speak briefly before running a ceremonial first lap with about 100 students from Brown Elementary School.
When: 9:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 16
Where: T.A. Brown Elementary School, 505 W. Anderson Lane
Background: Physical inactivity among youth has created a nationwide pandemic, with youth obesity rates tripling since the 1980s. For 20 years, Marathon Kids has introduced youth in Austin to the joy of physical activity in a simple, fun and effective program. The program forges a lifelong commitment to exercise during the most formative years in a child’s life, one mile at a time. Last year, AISD elementary students improved their cardiovascular endurance from 68 percent to 73 percent.
About Marathon Kids
Marathon Kids is a national non-profit organization offering an evidence-based, scalable physical activity program for schools, community-based organizations and families through North America and beyond. It is dedicated to improving the health of children by providing them the tools, motivation and support to live happier, healthier lifestyles. For more information, visit marathonkids.org, or follow us on Twitter at @MarathonKids.