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Brazil Rotary, Subway team up for Fun Run

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Linda Messmer
The Brazil Subway and Rotary Club are teaming together to host an event that will enable children to understand the value of a healthy life.

The first Subway-Rotary Healthy Kid One-Mile Fun Run will take place Saturday, June 4, at 11 a.m., at the Forest Park Walking Track.

The track is one-quarter mile long.

To prepare for the event, there will be four training sessions, which will also take place at the park.

The sessions will begin Thursday, May 5. They are scheduled to take place Mondays and Thursdays, beginning at 6 p.m., with the exception of Monday, May 30, which is Memorial Day.

Guest speakers -- including State Farm Insurance representative John Howes, Dr. Craig Johnson and Dr. Miranda Goodale -- will highlight each training session. Each guest speaker will speak 5-10 minutes prior to warm-ups, stretching and taking to the course.

Brazil Rotary Club member Linda Messmer said she presented the idea to her fellow club members recently and the Rotary Board of Directors approved the initiative.

She said the event will target children ages 6-12 from the entire county.

"This is not just a run," Messmer said. "It's a run or walk. They can run or walk both.

"I've been a walker. I've participated in the Indianapolis Mini-Marathon. I see how much fun people have doing this and I know the health benefits from it," Messmer continued. "Indiana, unfortunately, has been pegged as one of the highest obesity states. This seems like the best way to address it, by starting with children."

Messmer added the guest speakers will also tackle values.

"They will discuss goal setting," she said. "This race will not be about a first-place winner. This will be about completing it. They'll be setting a goal and we're going to help them reach the goal. We're hoping this will establish the value of setting goals."

There is no cost for the children to run in the event.

However, for children to participate, they must have an application signed by a parent or guardian and turned in prior to the first training session. Applications are accessible at county schools, Subway or the YMCA of Clay County.

Messmer said Subway has agreed to supply participation medallions for the children who take part, in addition to a T-shirt and a sandwich at the conclusion of the race.

In addition, she said a representative from INShape Indiana -- through Gov. Mitch Daniels' office -- is scheduled to be at the event, and will provide a Governor's Fitness award for the children who complete the race.

The certificate will be signed by Gov. Daniels, his wife Cheri, along with Indiana Fever standout Tamika Catchings and Indianapolis Colts' quarterback Peyton Manning.

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