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Posted March 18, 2011

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Mighty Milers of Governor Bent Participate in a 5K Run

Dean Karnazes poses with “Regis and Kelly’s Run Across America” runners including four of the Mighty Milers from Governor Bent: fourth grader Julia Salvo (#3); first-grader Liam Salvo (#4); second-grader Zyaid Omar (#33) and fourth grader Atah Omar (#34).

The Mighty Milers of Governor Bent Elementary School participated in a 5K run during spring break to combat childhood obesity. The students took part in “Regis and Kelly’s Run Across America with Dean Karnazes” at Balloon Fiesta Park on Thursday, March 17.

Since the start of the 2010-2011 school year, second-grade teacher Eileen Luchini has motivated almost 500 Governor Bent kids to run over 17,000 miles. That’s an average of 36 miles per student. Luchini says, “Students are thrilled to see how many miles they have run!”

Mighty Milers is a free fitness and character-building program for children in underserved communities throughout the United States and in South Africa. Sponsored by the New York Road Runners, the program  provides incentives and instructions to get kids moving and improving their fitness and health.

Karzanes, an ultra-marathoner, is running across country to raise awareness about childhood obesity. Proceeds from Thursday’s event in Albuquerque will go to Action for Healthy Kids, a nonprofit organization that helps fight childhood obesity and undernourishment.

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