I know Iíve got a marathon to run in just, gulp, 54 days.
But I canít help look ahead a bit until June 8th, when I will run side by side with my cousin Liz in the Runnerís World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon. After running the same half marathon, though not together, in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, I look forward to sharing all 13.1 miles with my only relative who would even consider running that far.
Last week, Runnerís World announced a new partnership for the inaugural Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon & Festival with Boston Children's Hospital. This partnership will emphasize the free kidsí runs on Friday, June 6, at 6 p.m., kicking off the race weekend.
ďWith this partnership, we see a unique opportunity to work with a world-renowned research and healthcare facility to get kids running and help reverse trends in childhood obesity,Ē said Runnerís World Editor-in-Chief David Willey. ďWe hope to play a small part on laying the foundation for kids to grow up healthy and active.Ē
ďThe Runnerís World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival aligns with Boston Children's Hospitalís mission to help children develop healthy and happy lifestyles that last into adulthood,Ē said David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Childrenís Hospital. Runners interested in fundraising for Boston Childrenís Hospital are invited to join the Miles for Miracles Team.
For about 8 hours a day, when I am not eating, sleeping, running or writing about running, I work on research that seeks to improve childhood obesity (though not at Childrenís Hospital). I believe itís an important issue, as are the efforts in the community, school, home and doctorís office that play a part in addressing this health concern.
A report released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a significant decrease in obesity in 2-5 year old children and no significant change (positive or negative) in almost all other age groups. Thatís really big news after years of continuously increasing obesity rates.
While the race is certainly not going to fix a decades old problem, I commend Runnerís World and Boston Childrenís Hospital on raising funds to support this issue and encouraging more children to get out and be active.
And maybe a few of us big kids too.
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