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Friday, March 15, 2013
RunVermont's 'Ready, Set, Run!' program receives Saucony Run4Good Grant
Burlington, VT: RunVermont’s 12-week youth fitness, nutrition and citizenship program, Ready, Set, Run! announced today that it received a Saucony Run For Good grant. The grant will allow RunVermont to offer a RSR! program for first graders at Burlington's Sustainability Academy this spring.
Each year RunVermont’s youth programs engage over 1200 Vermont children in Ready, Set, Run!, the annual MVP Health Care YAM Scram event, Junior Youth Relay and seasonal fun runs. The youth programs are supported by proceeds from RunVermont’s signature event, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon, as well through the generous donations of runners.
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to bring Ready, Set, Run! to members of our community who are at greatest risk for obesity,” said Joy Dubin Grossman, RunVermont’s youth director. “It’s an honor to work with Saucony and to be a part of their national efforts to combat obesity.”
The Saucony Run for Good Foundation was established to help combat childhood obesity by providing financial support to community-based youth running or athletic programs. Since 2006, the Saucony Run For Good Foundation has awarded over one million dollars to nearly 120 schools and community organizations−all dedicated to preventing childhood obesity through running and an active lifestyle.
The running community can help double the brand’s donation to Ready, Set, Run! and the other selected kids’ running programs by logging miles run or walked on Saucony Run4Good™, the running industry’s first-ever iPhone app dedicated to battling childhood obesity. Over the next six months, grant recipients will each be a monthly feature on the app. When a predetermined community mileage goal is reached during the recipient’s featured month, Saucony will double its contribution to the selected organization, inspiring individual runners to both unite over their passion for running and combat the childhood obesity epidemic. The free Saucony Run4Good app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or at: saucony.com/run4good. The Ready, Set, Run! program will featured for the month of March, 2013.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled over the past 30 years. One of five children age 6 to 11 is now considered obese. “On behalf of the Saucony Run For Good Foundation’s board, I am excited to announce the organizations that have been selected to receive a Run For Good grant and feel proud that these efforts will directly help combat childhood obesity,” said Richie Woodworth, president of the Saucony Run For Good Foundation Board of Directors and Saucony.
About the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon:
Celebrating its 25th year, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay annually attracts 8000 participants and an estimated 30,000 spectators. Embraced by the community and supported by over 1700 volunteers, the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon is a small city race with a big city feel. Learn more at www.RunVCM.org.
RunVermont is a not-for-profit business focused on the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. The organization offers competitive and educational programs for adults and children including the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon and Relay, the MVP Health Care YAM Scram , FirstRun, Ready, Set, Run! and the Half Unplugged. For more information, visit www.runvermont.org.
Saucony, a division of Wolverine Worldwide, is a leading global running lifestyle brand that fuses performance, innovation and style to create compelling footwear and apparel with its widely recognized brands Saucony and Saucony Originals. Founded in 1898, Saucony continues to inspire runners everywhere with its award winning innovations, including the “Geometry of Strong™, ProGrid™, PowerGrid™ ViZiPRO™ and AMP PRO2™ apparel. At Saucony, a good day is when we get to run. A great day is when we inspire someone else to run. For more information, go to www.saucony.com.
About the Saucony® Run For Good Foundation™:
The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is committed to improving the lives of children by helping to prevent and reduce childhood obesity. The Foundation acts to inform the public about its cause and prevention and provides funding to optimize the impact and success of community organizations that promote running and healthy lifestyle programs for youth. Since the Foundation launched in 2006, it has awarded over one million dollars in grants to nearly 120 organizations nationwide. For more information, visit www.sauconyrunforgood.com.
About the Saucony® Run4Good™ App:
The Saucony Run4Good™ app is a powerful, personal app that opens the door for runners everywhere to join the fight against childhood obesity by doing what they love-running. When a predetermined mileage goal is reached, Saucony will double its donation to selected youth running programs featured monthly, inspiring individual runners to both unite over their passion for running and combat the childhood obesity epidemic. The free app can be downloaded from the Apple App Store or by going to saucony.com/run4good.