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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

January 29, 2018                                                             kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS ANNOUNCES ANNE-MARIE TUCKER AS CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today the addition of Anne-Marie Tucker as Chief Technology Officer.

In this role, Tucker will be responsible for leading Marathon Kids’ technology initiative, including web interface, applications, and data integrity.

“We are thrilled to have Anne-Marie on the Marathon Kids team; her knowledge and skill are a great fit to propel us toward our goals with technology,” said CEO Cami Hawkins. “Her experience with both large and small organizations is a terrific asset to Marathon Kids and all the communities we serve.”

Tucker joins Marathon Kids with 15 years of technology and project management experience that spans global corporations and Austin software startups. Her volunteer experience with organizations such as The Chicago Parks Foundation and The Junior League of Chicago reflects her enthusiasm for building community and empowering children.

Tucker recently returned to Austin after spending five years in Chicago; her journey with Marathon Kids started more than five years ago when the oldest of her four children participated in the program.

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps kids unlock their potential and adults discover their inner coach by joining, starting or supporting a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization or camp.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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NEWS RELEASE                                                            Contact:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                           Kristin Shaw, Director of Communications

January 9, 2018                                                               kristin@marathonkids.org

512-477-1259

 

MARATHON KIDS ANNOUNCES NEW OUT-OF-SCHOOL TIME GRANT TO FUND PROGRAMS FOR KIDS

 

AUSTIN, Texas – Marathon Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health and happiness of children by engaging them in a positive, simple, goal-driven running and walking program, announced today the launch of a new out-of-school time grant. Grantees will be awarded funding in the form of a coupon code redeemable at marathonkids.org to cover all associated costs with the program.

All out-of-school time (including summer) programs in the United States are eligible to apply for the Marathon Kids Out-of-School Time Grant. This includes summer camps, community programs, church groups, and others. Programs that have previously participated in Marathon Kids are required to complete past seasons’ Finisher Surveys to be considered for the Marathon Kids grant.

“This grant allows us to reach more children across the country and empower them to adopt lifelong healthy behaviors,” said Marathon Kids CEO Cami Hawkins. “Research shows that our running clubs effectively jump-start healthy, long-lasting change, and it’s our mission to engage as many kids as we can.”

APPLICATION & IMPLEMENTATION TIMELINE

  • Grant applications accepted: Jan. 9th – Feb. 9th, 2018
  • Grant notifications emailed by: Feb. 16th, 2018
  • Grantees must register their run club by: Mar. 2nd, 2018
  • Club seasons must be completed by: Aug. 31st, 2018

For more information on the grant: https://marathonkids.org/ost-grant/

ABOUT MARATHON KIDS

Marathon Kids helps kids unlock their potential and adults discover their inner coach by joining, starting or supporting a Marathon Kids running club in their home, school, out-of-school time organization or camp.

Kids in the program work at their own pace to run, or walk, the equivalent mileage of up to four marathons, and Marathon Kids provides the training, rewards, tools and resources to keep them moving. Marathon Kids works for any kid, at any fitness level. Kids set their goals and track their progress on a journey to complete four marathons, or 104.8 miles, over the course of the running club season. They run (or walk) a lap at a time, at a day at a time, and before they know it they’ve gone farther than they ever dreamed. Kids enrolled in the program have a network of dedicated adults showing them how it’s done, and most importantly, a motivated and inspiring coach supporting them every step of the way.

Corporate partners and supporters include Nike, HEB, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, Active Schools, USATF Foundation, American Diabetes Association, Target, Tejas Trails, Athletes for Hope, LA Dodgers Foundation, and St. David’s Foundation.

More information is available at marathonkids.org.

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The annual Austin Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K is coming up on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in Downtown Austin, Texas. Register to run and join Team Marathon Kids, a group of enthusiastic runners working together to raise donations for Marathon Kids! In the coming weeks, we’ll be featuring members of Team Marathon Kids on our social media channels and hope you’ll follow along. To kick off our online celebration, we’d like to introduce you to team member Brian Hill.

Team Marathon Kids

Brian Hill, out for a run with his wife.

We asked Brian a few questions about why he wanted to join Team Marathon Kids.

Why did you decide to get involved with Marathon Kids and join Team Marathon Kids for the Austin Marathon?

I’ve been involved with Marathon Kids for the past 10 years as a teacher, campus principal, and district-level administrator in AISD. It’s such a great organization that truly gets kids active. As a principal, and now at the central office level, I love to see kids out on the track, running, laughing, and living healthier lives. Marathon Kids makes running fun for kids, so any way that I can help promote the organization I do. That is why I choose to rock the MK gear at races, promote it on social media, and why I chose to join Team Marathon Kids and raise money for the Austin Marathon.

Team Marathon Kids

Brian Hill and his wife running the Tejas Trails Mosaic 1/2 Marathon trail race.

What are you up to right now in your life? 

Working for the superintendent is awesome, but very busy. When I’m not working I try and hang out with my wife and 3-year-old son, Everett (aka The Dude), and I’ve been running as much as possible… mainly on trails.

Most recently I’ve raced the Mosaic 1/2 Marathon and the Circus 30k. On January 6th I will take on my first trail ultra at the Tejas Trails Bandera 50k trail race! It’s been fun having goal races to train for and sticking with a plan. After that I plan on running the Goodwater Trail Marathon on 1/27, the Austin 1/2 marathon on 2/18, the Tinajas 50k trail race on 3/3, the Austin Rattler 66k trail race on 4/1, the Pandora Trail Marathon on 5/5, and hopefully the Silver Rush 50 Mile trail race on 7/8 in Leadville, CO (my first mountain trail ultra!).  Ok, typing that out was scary… I better get back to training!

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How did physical activity impact your life as a child? Were you in sports or what did you do for movement? How did this impact who you are today?

I’ve always loved playing sports and being active. As a kid I mainly played basketball, football, and ran track. In college, I walked on to the soccer team (I had never played soccer before, but it was a small DIII school, so people weren’t dying to play there!). After college I got into triathlons, which is where I found my love for cycling. I raced road bikes for a few years, but when Everett was born, I retired from cycling because of the time commitment. I became really out of shape and gained a lot of weight. When I became the principal at Pillow, I decided to get back into running and train for my first marathon, using Marathon Kids as a way to train and motivate my students to run, too.  I’ve been running ever since then.

Being active as a kid helped me see the benefits of being healthy and the fun that comes with being active. I think it’s so important to introduce kids to healthy choices and being active from an early age, and Marathon Kids helps do that!

Follow Brian Hill on Twitter (@BrianPaulHill) to see more of his journey!

Join Team Marathon Kids

We’d love for you to join us at the Austin Marathon and make your miles matter by becoming part of Team Marathon Kids! Click here for more information.

Get Social

We invite you to follow along as we feature more members of Team Marathon Kids on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!