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Posted: February 26, 2009  :

(RWire) Athletics: SunTrust National Marathon's Junior Monumental Milers Program (JuMMP) Celebrates Second Year with Rally Finale

Event held at King Greenleaf Recreation Center to recognize achievements and motivate continued efforts

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (February 23, 2009) - On Friday, February 27, 2009, the fourth SunTrust National Marathon, Greater Washington Sports Alliance, D.C. Parks and Recreation (DPR), D.C. Public Schools (DCPS), YMCA and corporate volunteers from Enterprise Car Rental and On The Fly® will recognize and reward participants who registered in the second year of the Junior Monumental Milers Program (JuMMP). JuMMP is a run / walk program for youth in grades 2 through 8. Youth are charged with completing 26.2 miles equivalent to a marathon over a 23-week period and tracking their miles on a runner's log. In its second year, JuMMP registered 336 youth from 52 recreation centers across the city.

Youth from DPR, DCPS and YMCA will take part in a Rally Finale at King Greenleaf Recreation Center, 201 N Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. - 11:00am -12:30pm.

The short program will be hosted by the SunTrust National Marathon's media partner, NBC 4 Sports Anchor, Lindsay Czarniak. Among those scheduled to speak are Mayor Adrian Fenty and Olympian & JuMMP chair Dominique Dawes. The event runs from 11:00am-12:30pm with a half-hour of remarks followed by an hour of structured action stations operated by the Enterprise Rental Car Company employee volunteer team. Each youth will be given a "map" of the action stations and charged with completing each station and receiving a stamp. Once completed, they submit their stamped map for a prize. Nutritious snacks for all participants will be provided by On The Fly®. Sustainable fitness programs are a key initiative of the Greater Washington Sports Alliance Foundation and the SunTrust National Marathon.

About the JuMMP Program
The Greater Washington Sports Alliance and 2009 SunTrust National Marathon are pleased to partner with the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, DCPS, YMCA and Fit Arlington to promote the Junior Monumental Milers Program (JuMMP) Challenge. This second year, fitness initiative promoting youth health and physical fitness condition with a nutrition curriculum component in the District of Columbia, expects over 1,000 area youth to take part in the 23-week run/walk program which culminates on race day at the SunTrust National Marathon and Half Marathon on Saturday, March 21, 2009. JuMMP registration is free and can be completed online or by mail. Youth ages 8-13 receive a Runner's Log upon registration and must bring their completed log to race day morning at RFK Stadium to participate in race day events and receive their official finisher shirt, running bib, medals and goody bag. Additional community partners include D.C. Public Schools (Middle and Elementary schools), Metropolitan Washington YMCA clubs and Arlington County Park and Recreation's Fit Arlington program.

For more information, visit: NationalMarathon.com.

Ryan Lamppa, Running USA Media Director
(805) 696-6232; Fax = (805) 659-0016
Ryan@RunningUSA.org
www.RunningUSA.org.

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