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Posted February 15, 2015

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Business Community Pitches In on Fun Run

Sign up today for the Miles for Minds 5K run or 1K walk on March 22 that will help raise money for academic programs and the fight against childhood obesity.

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It’s one thing to talk about the scourge of childhood obesity and the gnawing need for extra help in our classrooms.

The APS Education Foundation and RunFit, nonprofits vitally interested in Albuquerque youth, are pairing up to do something about both problems. And they’re getting help from a variety of partners, including Planet Fitness, Raylee Homes, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, Carrington College, Delta Dental, Lakeshore Learning and iTz

All that teamwork will result in the first-ever Miles for Minds 5KRun/Walk and 1K Walk, scheduled for March 22 at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque.

Proceeds from the event will benefit both nonprofits’ efforts to assist students in Albuquerque Public Schools, and race organizers expect hundreds, if not thousands of kids and adults to participate in this inaugural event.

RunFit is a fun program which motivates and trains children, ages 5-13, to run one mile to 5 kilometers through active participation on a RunFit team. RunFit is dedicated to curbing the growing epidemic of childhood obesity by creating a running and walking program for children at schools across the Albuquerque metropolitan area. RunFit is designed to help youth of all sizes, fitness, and ability levels utilize the discipline of running to improve health, build character, and showcase their talents by participating in events throughout the community.

“Before, during, and after school programs such as RunFit play a vital role in the lives of our communities by keeping kids safe, creating healthy habits and helping working families,” said  Stephen Pino, RunFit’s founder.

Run Fit and the APS Education Foundation have agreed to split the proceeds from the event. RunFit’s portion will go toward anti-obesity programs in APS schools. The Foundation will move its portion to benefit its many grant programs, all of which benefit students directly in the classroom. The Foundation’s Broader Horizons campaign puts money back into science, technology, engineering and math programs, plus literacy and clubs and activities. Other efforts, including support for students who can’t afford college-prep tests or materials, are part of the Foundation’s portfolio.

“We’re excited to partner with RunFit and the district’s Division of Student, Family and Community Supports, because we know that healthy kids lead to improved academic achievement,” said Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus. “It’s our first time out in this kind of event, but we think people will have fun. That’s the point.”

Sponsorship packages are available for the event, which will begin at 9 a.m. For information, contact Daniel Jaecks at 855-5274 or go to the race web site at www.milesforminds.com.

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