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St. John Health System kids medals return for 2011

To provide incentive for the youngest members of the community to take up running, St. John Health System is again providing medals to runners age 17 and under who finish the 5K or fun run on Saturday, Nov. 19.

As childhood obesity becomes a growing concern in Oklahoma and the nation, St. John Health System wants to recognize and reward kids who are enacting healthy lifestyle choices by training for and participating in the Williams Route 66 Marathon.

“We want to recognize the positive steps these kids are taking early on to improve their own health and that lead to a positive lifestyle,” said Cheena Pazzo, director of community relations at St. John Health System.

Staff and volunteers from the St. John Kids Club will be onsite at the finish line to handout specially designed medals to these young participants.

“St. John recognizes that running is a form of positive conditioning,” said Pazzo. “It’s not about winning, but finishing the race. A child training for a 5K is more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle, which will ultimately contribute greatly to his or her quality of life.”

To register you, your child or entire family for any of the Route 66 associated events on Saturday, Nov. 19 or Sunday, Nov. 20, click here.

St. John is also the presenting sponsor for the Williams Route 66 Marathon Health, Fitness and Sustainability Expo being held on Friday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center, Tulsa, Okla., 74103.