Portland Marathon Kids' Fun Run & Sports Festival Helps Fight Childhood Obesity

Portland Marathon
September 26, 2012

Event to be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at Lincoln High School


PORTLAND, Ore. - (September 24, 2012) - Today's youth are by far the most listless and sedentary generation ever recorded. Every analysis in Oregon documents that physical activity levels are lower in children than ever before with immediate impacts on academic performance and dire long-term consequences of heart disease, diabetes and chronic diseases.

The Portland Marathon is fighting back against childhood obesity and promoting health by offering an upbeat physical-fitness activity for local youth - the Portland Marathon Kids' Fun Run & Sports Festival.

The event is on Saturday, October 6, 2012 at the Lincoln High School Field from 9:00am to Noon and open to participants 2-12 years old. Proceeds from the event go to support the Portland Police Mounted Patrol, who will be at the event.

During the event, kids will run varying distances based on age along the track that will include obstacles, such as the tire climb provided by Les Schwab. Parents are welcome to run along with their children. Kids will receive a special bib and finisher's medal.

Alpenrose Dairy chocolate milk and Zico Coconut water will be available at the event. There will also be inflatable activities like bounce castles, a climbing wall, music by KINK FM, sports games and more.

Families can register at http://portlandmarathon.org/events_kids.php. For more information, contact Molly Bailey at (503) 234-3213 or molly@oregonsports.org

The Portland Marathon is a non-profit running and walking event that produces Portland's largest three-day "convention". The event has a positive $25M economic impact to the Portland area. Proceeds from the Portland Marathon go to help local schools, charities and non-profits. October 7, 2012 will mark the 41st Portland Marathon. The event features 85 entertainment groups at 53 locations along the course. The events of the Portland Marathon have over 12,000 registered participants and is produced with the help of over 4,500 volunteers. The Event has been called the "best-organized marathon in North America" and has received national attention for being one of the first eco-friendly, "green" marathons.


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