Fitness and community leaders to participate in YMCA of Greater Louisville and Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon youth initiative

Fitness and community leaders to participate in
YMCA of Greater Louisville and Louisville Sports Commission
Half Marathon youth initiative

          Louisville, Ky. – October 26, 2012 – The Louisville Sports Commission announced today that several high-profile fitness and community leaders will participate as adult role models in the YMCA of Greater Louisville youth run component of the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon presented by HumanaVitality.

          On Oct. 18, the Louisville Sports Commission and the YMCA of Greater Louisville announced a pilot project that encourages local youth to adopt a more-healthy lifestyle. The program encourages area children who are between the ages of five and 14 to take steps toward an active lifestyle. The children have been working through the YMCA’s Louisville branches on a training program for several months. The program’s goal is for the boys and girls to complete a half marathon – 13.1 miles – in small bites.

          The children will complete their final 1.1-miles on the half marathon course. They will start at 17th and Main Streets and will end at 5th and Main Streets in front of the Belvedere.

          The following is a list of the adult role models who will run or walk with the children:

 

  • Wesley Korir, University of Louisville graduate and winner of 2012 Boston Marathon
  • Pat Day, Hall of Fame jockey, winner of the 1992 Kentucky Derby
  • Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, Director, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness and University of Michigan football fan
  • Angie Fenton, Managing Editor, The Voice-Tribune; Entertainment Correspondent, WHAS11’s “Great Day Live!”; fitness enthusiast
  • Metro Councilman David Tandy, former offensive guard at Vanderbilt University
  • Dr. Louis Heuser, Founder and CEO, The Heuser Clinic and Louisville Youth Training Center
  • Peggy Heuser, fitness expert and Chief Operating Officer, The Heuser Clinic and Louisville Youth Training Center
  • Chip Heuser, Founder of Vault in the Ville, accomplished pole valuter and trainer at Louisville Youth Training Center

 

           “The Y’s fitness program gets young people up off the couch and teaches the discipline of an exercise program in a kid-friendly manner. The half marathon experience celebrates their accomplishment at the finish line of a high energy event,” said Louisville Sports Commission Executive Director Karl Schmitt. “The adult role models help reinforce the concept that exercise is a lifelong activity.”  

          The Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon, presented by HumanaVitality starts at 8:30 a.m. in downtown Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center, winds through the Scenic Loop in Cherokee Park and finishes on Main Street in front of the Belvedere. The half marathon also includes the Sam Swope Fiat Corporate Challenge competition, with each team consisting of three to five participants for the 13.1-mile course. Results are computed by totaling a team’s three fastest (out of a possible five) finish times. Registration is $75 through Oct. 30.

          In addition to the half marathon, the Louisville pure tap® 5K is being offered again this year. This family-friendly race begins at 8 a.m. and features a run through downtown that starts on Main Street, follows a route along the waterfront and finishes in front of the Belvedere. Registration for the pure tap® 5K is $20 and continues through race day.

          To register, or for more information, log on to www.lscmarathon.com.