Thousands of Kids Complete ‘Fun Run’ at ING KiDS ROCK San Diego

Jun 8, 2012 7:00 PM ET

Imagine thousands of anxious, screaming kids amid the backdrop of Sea World. That was the scene Saturday, June 2, 2012, for ING KiDS ROCK San Diego. Kids in grades K–7 participated in a one-mile, non-timed, non-competitive “fun run” to combat childhood obesity. They became “marathon finishers” by completing 25.2 miles of a 26.2-mile marathon at their own pace in the weeks before the event with guidance from parents or teachers using the Official ING Run For Something Better® Training Guide.

Dr. Andy Baldwin, U.S. Navy physician and ING KiDS ROCK national ambassador, along with Olympians Jim Ryun and Rod Dixon offered encouragement to the kids at the start line, cheered them along the run and congratulated them at the finish line. All of the kids received finisher medals along with goodie bags.

“ING U.S. is a model for other corporations when it comes to tackling social issues,” said Dr. Baldwin. “Childhood obesity is an epidemic and programs like ING Run For Something Better and ING KiDS ROCK are part of the solution to ensuring we get our youth on the right path to a more active lifestyle.”

To date, more than 140,000 kids participating in ING Run For Something Better and ING KiDS ROCK have run close to 4.5 million miles.

Audria Benn
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