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School Kids Train For Cleveland Marathon

POSTED: 5:00 pm EST February 1, 2010 UPDATED: 6:53 pm EST February 1, 2010

CLEVELAND -- It's often hard to motivate kids to get off the couch, but the YMCA has found a way to do it.

About 500 students, 6th through 12th graders, are expected to take part in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon in May.

Some will run the half marathon, some the 10k, but most will run the 1.2 mile run. The students will have accumulated 25 miles in their training leading up to the race.

On Fridays in January and February, students will be bussed to the Downtown YMCA for evaluations. The kids are weighed and measured, their blood pressure taken, and their overall fitness level evaluated. Then, they set goals.

Quincy Smith, a 9th grader at John Hay High School, said he plans to run the 10k.

He told NewsChannel5 Health Reporter Alicia Booth that training for the last two races have helped him in other ways besides improving his time.

"It helped me study better. It gave me more strength in a different area. It gave me a lot more energy," he said.

For more information on the YMCA's “We Run The City Youth Program,” Click Here.

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