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Posted: October 26, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: JUST RUN® Youth Fitness Offers New Program for Kids

Free health and fitness program underwritten by Big Sur International Marathon begins November 2 in Marina, California

CARMEL, Calif. - (October 23, 2009) - JUST RUN, the award winning youth fitness program of the Big Sur International Marathon, is debuting a specialized program beyond the school setting that focuses on children of highest need.

The new JUST RUN GOLD program, beginning Monday, November 2, welcomes participants in grades 1-5 to a safe and encouraging environment. Geared toward inactive and severely overweight children, the twice-a-week program will focus on health, nutrition and fitness topics, followed by fun and non-competitive relays, drills, and walking / running activities based upon the ability of the child.

The program is free to the participants, with costs underwritten by the Big Sur International Marathon.

"We saw a dire need in the community for programs to serve these children," said Susan Love, JUST RUN program administrator and co-creator of JUST RUN GOLD. "Our new program was designed to be a community resource and to offer a solution, a place where doctors, nurses, school officials and parents can refer and send these children."

The goals and benefits of the program are to increase physical activity and fitness levels while promoting self-esteem, pride in accomplishment, new friendships and weight loss. As with the successful JUST RUN school program, incentives such as mileage tokens, wristbands and t-shirts will be awarded for mileage accumulated and for performing acts of good citizenship, "Just Deeds".

The new JUST RUN GOLD program will be held Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30pm at Los Arboles Sports Complex, 327 Reindollar Avenue in Marina. A parent or supervising adult must accompany and remain with their child at all sessions. The sessions will be led by qualified leaders Christina Price and Kecia Denk, who have extensive backgrounds in health and physical education programs, and co-creator Mike Dove.

"We're very excited about our new program," says Love. "We are confident that it will become a life altering experience for these children."

To learn more about the program, or to refer a potential child, contact Susan Love at (831) 625-6226 or susanwlove@sbcglobal.net.


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