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Cigna Mayor’s Race Kicks Off DISD Program with Visit to West Dallas School
New Balance fits 50 students for running shoes; Dallas Police Department, U.S. Marines lead exercises

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Posted Tuesday, 11 September, 2012

September 12, 2012 (Dallas, TX) – Mayor Rawlings, and city officials including Councilwoman Alonzo from District 6, along leaders of the Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K Presented by Oncor – part of Dallas Marathon weekend in December – visited Lorenzo De Zavala Elementary School to kick off a running program designed to improve the physical health and wellness of the current generation of Dallas elementary school students.

“We started the Mayor’s Race 10 years ago because Dallas was ranked as one of the fattest cities in the country, and the obesity epidemic involving our children was, and still is, unacceptable,” former Dallas mayor and current Dallas Marathon board member Laura Miller said. “Each year we are able to share the value of a fit, healthy lifestyle with more and more of our DISD children by offering free entry and transportation to the Cigna Mayor’s Race.”

Officials from the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon, including Laura Miller, introduced the Lorenzo De Zavala students to the 3 Months to 3 Miles training program, a kid-friendly program geared toward family exercise activities like bike riding and jogging. 3 Months to 3 Miles prepares participants for the 2012 Mayor’s Race on Saturday, December 8.

Lorenzo De Zavala fifth-graders were led through stretches and proper running warm-ups by members of the United States Marine Corps and officers from the Dallas Police Department. Before the program started, students enjoyed a special treat – they were able to tour a series of vehicles that the Dallas Police Department and U.S. Marines brought with them, including armored SWAT team vehicles.

Dallas Marathon sponsor New Balance also gave away 50 pairs of new running shoes to fifth-graders at the West Dallas elementary school.

“This year’s Mayor’s Race is expected to be the best we’ve ever had,” said Bob Hancock, director of the Mayor’s Race. “We expect to have more than 3,000 DISD students and a new and improved 5K course, featuring a scenic tour along the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.”

The 5K race is for children, families seeking to get involved in marathon weekend activities and serious runners looking for a noncompetitive late-year race or a final tune-up prior to the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon. Entrance is free for all DISD students.

For more information on the Cigna Mayor’s Race 5K Presented by Oncor, visit

About the MetroPCS Dallas Marathon
The MetroPCS Dallas Marathon is a flat and fast race, featuring a scenic course that 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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