According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, ages 6-19 in the United States are obese. Many more are overweight. Starting January 16, 2015, an international team of athletes will begin a 4 1/2 month journey, running the equivalent of 117 back-to-back marathons across the United States with the goal of inspiring a healthier generation. Join us as we run across the country. Apply for the core team, cross a state or run one of thirteen 4-day challenge events. If you are not a runner, you can sponsor, donate or volunteer! Teachers, please click here.
|Sandy Van Soye – Race Director|
A half-marathoner and marathoner, Sandy Van Soye practically grew up on a track. Her father was the cross-country coach at UCLA and, later, the Commissioner of the CIF Los Angeles City Section. But instead of going into education like both of her parents, she looked forward to the challenge of the business world.
Sandy is a 25-year Corporate IT veteran with significant experience in producing business cases, financial models and strategic recommendations for C-Level Executives. She has managed global projects and service management groups with international business experience on four continents and with direct reports in the US, UK and India. Today, she serves on the board for Run-Walk Events, a non-profit corporation for the public benefit which seeks to raise awareness about the “inactivity” epidemic in young people.
Sandy has been a race director for several ultramarathons in the Southern California area. She earned her BA in Social Science and her MBA from University of California, Irvine, and has traveled to over 70 countries on all six populated continents.
|Emma Carter – Media Director|
Emma Carter is a recent graduate of Stephens College, a private, women’s college in Columbia, Missouri. She is currently based out of Kansas City, Missouri, where she works as an actress and teaching artist. Emma spent the last two summers working as the Public Relations Rep and resident photographer for her alma matter’s Summer Theatre Institute.
In her free time Emma enjoys writing, reading, and playing with her cat Frank. Emma is honored to be working with Race Across the USA. As a former “fat kid,” health and fitness programs aimed to help and inspire children are near and dear to her heart.