The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, was the backdrop for over 5,000 South Florida middle-school students participating in ING Run For Something Better®. The students completed a 1.2-mile run, crossing the same half marathon finish line as the adults and receiving a medal. The run was the culmination of a 15-week program designed to promote kids’ fitness and is equivalent to them completing a marathon.
“The kids couldn’t contain their excitement on race day,” said Dr. Andy Baldwin, naval officer, humanitarian and ING Run For Something Better ambassador. “Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. ING Run For Something Better is a great program because it helps kids get energized about fitness and demonstrates living a healthy lifestyle can be fun.”
More than 125,000 kids across the nation have participated in running programs funded by ING Run For Something Better. Collectively, they have logged more than 4 million miles.
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About ING Run For Something Better®
ING Run For Something Better® helps fund school-based running programs in an effort to combat childhood obesity. Linked to ING’s running sponsorships and commitment to education, the program helps introduce kids to the benefits of physical fitness and a healthy lifestyle. Nationally, ING has committed over $2.75 million to fund grants and school-based running programs through ING Run For Something Better®. Since 2006, $1.4 million has also been raised by individual donors through a special charitable fund that encourages others to support the cause through their own contributions. In addition, when someone donates $10 or more to ING Run For Something Better®, ING will recognize their contribution with a pair of orange shoelaces to show that they are “tied” to supporting kids’ fitness. One hundred percent of the net proceeds go to the ING Run For Something Better fitness programs. For more information about the ING Run For Something Better and orange laces, go to www.orangelaces.com or connect atwww.facebook.com/orangelaces.