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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.

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Kids running at Parkview Elementary School in Socorro, NM

Kids running at Parkview Elementary School in Socorro, NM

Darren running through the countryside along the route for the Race Across Mississippi

Darren running through the countryside along the route for the Race Across Mississippi

The route for the Race Across USA will follow the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia

The route for the Race Across USA will follow the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia

The Race Across USA will end in Washington D.C.

The Race Across USA will end in Washington D.C.

Sign found the along Highway 62 between Twentynine Palms and Parker, AZ

Sign found the along Highway 62 between Twentynine Palms and Parker, AZ

The Route for the Race Across USA

The Route for the Race Across USA

Talking Points

  • The Race Across USA is a footrace scheduled for January 16 through June 2, 2015 (140 days). The cause is childhood fitness. All proceeds for this event will go to 100 Mile Club® – a 501(c)3 organization.
  • The running distance from California to Washington D.C. will total 3,080 miles.
  • There will be 12 core team runners who will run across the entire country. Up to 18 runners will join the core team for a state or one of our four-day events.
  • Runners will run stages that are approximately 26.2 miles (a marathon) long and participate in expos with students and the local community to get the word out.
  • The event will start in Huntington Beach, California and pass through Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and finally Washington D.C. On June 2, the runners will finish the day at the White House in Washington D.C.
  • The goals for the Race Across USA are three fold: a) Raise awareness about the epidemic of childhood inactivity in young people, b) Raise funds to sponsor students who cannot afford the cost of qualified activity programs and c) Inspire children to make vigorous physical activity a consistent part of their daily lives.
  • The 100 Mile Club challenges kids to run (or walk) 100 miles in a school year. Incentives such as a t-shirt or a wristband are earned along the way. Students are awarded a gold medal if they run 100 miles by the end of the school year. The 100 Mile Club was started 20 years ago by Kara Lubin, a special needs teacher in California.
  • For more information on the run, visit the website RaceAcrossUSA.org. For more information about the 100 Mile Club, visit 100MileClub.com.

Quotable Quotes (From Prior Interviews)

  • “We have organized the race at two levels,” Darren Van Soye said, “and we have received applications and have selected 10 core team runners who will run the entire route coast to coast.”
  • “As the runners move across the country, we will be visiting with schools on behalf of the 100 Mile Club, a program that encourages school children to run or walk 100 miles in a school year,” Sandy Van Soye said. “They can do it either before school, during recess or after school.”
  • “We are doing this as a fundraiser for the 100 Mile Club program,” Sandy Van Soye said, “The cost of the program is $10 per student, but we want to raise funds for schools where the students can’t afford to pay the entry fee.”
  • “We want to encourage children to exercise, and we want to have our runners visit schools as they pass through communities,” Sandy Van Soye said. “We really are doing this to promote fitness, especially for the children.”
  • “When I ran my first marathon, it completely changed my life,” Darren Van Soye said. “… The confidence it gave me was so amazing, and it led me to ask how much I could push myself.”

TV News

Purdue Professor to Run across USA for Research

Purdue Professor to Run across USA for Research

Runner to Race Across USA for Obesity Awareness

Runner to Race Across USA for Obesity Awareness

Newton Baker, Montpelier Vermont Resident set to Run Across the USA for a Good Cause

Newton Baker, Montpelier Vermont Resident set to Run Across the USA for a Good Cause

Marathon Man UK aims to Break Records and Inspire Kids

Marathon Man UK aims to Break Records and Inspire Kids

This Man Plans To Run Across America Barefoot

This Man Plans To Run Across America Barefoot

FOX 10 Phoenix - Group runs across country raising awareness for childhood fitness

FOX 10 Phoenix – Group runs across country raising awareness for childhood fitness

CBS 13 Lubbock - Race Across USA Rests In West Texas

CBS 13 Lubbock – Race Across USA Rests In West Texas

Articles

Date Title
April 23, 2014 Taking up a cross-country cause (Sanford Herald)
May 6, 2014 Race Across USA to run through Roswell (Roswell Daily Record)
May 27, 2014 Footrace Across the USA Announced (The Adventure Blog)
October 22, 2014 3,080-mile race’s research to focus on runners’ response to extreme physical activity (Health Medicine Network)
January 29, 2015 Race Across USA runners crossing Arizona (The Arizona Republic)
February 2, 2015 Running across the nation to promote youth fitness (Parker Pioneer)
February 3, 2015 Dozen Runners Crossing USA for Charity (Marathon Training Academy)
February 8, 2015 Race Across USA marathon series to pass through Arizona (KTAR News)
February 10, 2015 Cross-country runners on long haul for kids’ health (Payson Roundup)
February 13, 2015 Racing awareness of childhood obesity (White Mountain Independent)
February 16, 2015 Faculty member researches extreme marathoners (Grand Valley State University)
February 17, 2015 Coast to coast: Montpelier’s Newton Baker runs to share the joy (Rutland Herald)
February 22, 2015 Interview with MarathonManUK, Richmond’s most remarkable sportsman (This Is Our Town)
March 3, 2015 Runners brave cold on trek to nation’s capital (Roswell Daily Record)
March 7, 2015 Race Across USA Rests In West Texas (Everything Lubbock)
April 1, 2015 Race Across USA runners pass through area on 3,100-mile odyssey (NPR)
April 15, 2015 Cross country team of runners visits Chicot County (Chicot County Spectator, Arkansas)

 

Press Releases

Date Title
October 29, 2013 Core Team Selected to Run 3,000 Miles Across the USA
October 31, 2013 Purdue anthropologist selected for 2015 Race Across USA to combine 3,000-mile run with research
June 24, 2014 Race Across USA Marathon Series – 3 Minute Overview Video Released
August 7, 2014 Grace’s Kids International Pledges Support to Race Across the USA Marathon Series
September 25, 2014 Kids Running Across the United States
October 13, 2014 First Transcontinental Race in Three Years Planned for 2015
Junuary 8, 2015 Researchers to Study How Running a Marathon Each Day for 4 ½ Months Affects Body and Mind

 
Media Contact: Darren Van Soye
Title: Director Media Relations

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