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Princeton HealthCare System Holds 9th Annual Kids Marathon

June 12, 2017
PHCS Kids Marathon 2017
AND THEY’RE OFF! Area youngsters sprint away from the starting line yesterday at Princeton HealthCare System’s Kids Marathon. EDITORS: Click here to view and download high-resolution photos from the event.
More than 130 young people, from preschoolers to 8th graders, finished a 1.2-mile Fun Run yesterday that served as the final leg of the 9th annual Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS) Kids Marathon.

Yesterday's run, sponsored by PHCS Community Education & Outreach and Princeton Fitness & Wellness Center, was held on the grounds of Educational Testing Service in Princeton.

Participants were able to register solely for the fun run, but most of the young runners were completing the Kids Marathon. Youngsters who signed up for the marathon began their efforts in April, attempting to run, walk or roll a total 25 miles—an average of 2.5 miles per week—over 10 weeks leading up to Race Day. They earned incentives for achieving milestones at 5, 10, 13.1, 20 and 25 miles. The 1.2-mile Fun Run completed the full distance of a marathon.

PHCS initiated the Kids Marathon in 2009 to raise awareness about the damaging health effects of childhood obesity and to offer young people a way to incorporate physical activity into their daily lives. Proceeds from the event benefit PHCS programs to promote wellness and prevent obesity and chronic disease among children.

To view photos and videos from the run, visit www.facebook.com/princetonhealth.

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Williams, 609-252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org



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