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Cigna Employees Lead Volunteer Running Program for DISD Students
Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary Prepares for Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K

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Posted Monday, 15 October, 2012

October 15, 2012 (Dallas) – Cigna, the global health service company and title sponsor of the Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K presented by Oncor, is partnering this fall with the Dallas Independent School District’s Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School to host training runs with elementary students in preparation for the December 8, 2012, race. Also joining the De Zavala students and Cigna on Saturday morning runs will be former mayor of Dallas Laura Miller and members of the Dallas SWAT team.

“This program helps give kids the opportunity to learn more health and well-being and about how to properly train for the race in a fun team atmosphere,” said LaMonte Thomas, president and general manager for Cigna in Dallas. “Our goal at Cigna, and the mission of the Mayor’s Race, is to improve the health and wellness of the community.”

Volunteers will meet at Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary, where earlier this fall Mayor’s Race and MetroPCS Dallas Marathon officials kicked off the 3 Months to 3 Miles training program. Training will take place on several Saturdays (September 29, October 13, November 10, December 1) at 8 a.m. leading up to the December race.

“We are so grateful to have this opportunity to partner with Cigna and the Mayor’s Race,” said Lisa Miramontes, Lorenzo De Zavala principal. “We are happy to see our students encouraged to maintain a healthy lifestyle – and are excited to be participating in this race course.”

The Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K and Fun Run Presented by Oncor is part of race weekend festivities for the 43rdrunning of the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. The 5K crosses the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge and is a family-friendly activity for those seeking to get involved in Dallas Marathon weekend. Laura Miller launched the Mayor’s Race 10 years ago as a way to encourage school kids to become more physically active. For more information, visit

About the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is a flat and fast race, featuring a scenic coursethat highlights the best areas of Dallas including the landmark Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, designed by Santiago Calatrava. The race is Texas’ oldest running marathon and serves as a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon. Race activities occur the second weekend of December and include a two-day Health and Fitness Expo; the Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K presented by Oncor; and the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, Half Marathon, 5-Person Relay and SMU Cox Corporate Relay Challenge, presented by Behringer Harvard. The Dallas Marathon is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit; the primary beneficiary of proceeds from race weekend is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information, visit



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