(3BL Media / theCSRfeed) February 3, 2012 - The ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, was the backdrop for over 5,000 South Florida middle-school students participating in ING Run For Something Better®. The students completed a 1.2-mile run, crossing the same half marathon finish line as the adults and receiving a medal. The run was the culmination of a 15-week program designed to promote kids’ fitness and is equivalent to them completing a marathon.

“The kids couldn’t contain their excitement on race day,” said Dr. Andy Baldwin, naval officer, humanitarian and ING Run For Something Better ambassador. “Childhood obesity is an epidemic in this country. ING Run For Something Better is a great program because it helps kids get energized about fitness and demonstrates living a healthy lifestyle can be fun.”
 
More than 125,000 kids across the nation have participated in running programs funded by ING Run For Something Better. Collectively, they have logged more than 4 million miles.