Santa Monica Students Complete Marathon Kids Challenge

Mario Lopez poses with Saint Anne’s students Saamera Jamai, Grade 5; Karla Lazaro, Grade 5; Ricky Diaz, Grade 3; Reiland Bruskotter, Grade 2; Andy Diaz, Grade 3 and Jack Evans, Grade 2. Each ran more than 100 miles this school year under the Marathon Kids 26.2 Mile Challenge. PHOTO BY KATHERINE DELAGARZA

Mario Lopez poses with Saint Anne’s students Saamera Jamai, Grade 5; Karla Lazaro, Grade 5; Ricky Diaz, Grade 3; Reiland Bruskotter, Grade 2; Andy Diaz, Grade 3 and Jack Evans, Grade 2. Each ran more than 100 miles this school year under the Marathon Kids 26.2 Mile Challenge. PHOTO BY KATHERINE DELAGARZA

More than 100 elementary students from Santa Monica’s Saint Anne School were honored June 6 by Mario Lopez, host of TV’s “Extra,” for completing the Marathon Kids 26.2 Mile Challenge and running the equivalent of a marathon over the course of the school year. The awards ceremony was held at Whole Foods in Santa Monica.

Lopez, father of two, presented the students with Marathon Kids medals. Parents, Saint Anne School faculty, Whole Foods Market of Santa Monica team members and Marathon Kids staff also joined in the festivities.

“To honor these kids with Marathon Kids medals was a treat,” said Lopez, who took numerous photos with the kids as they received their medals. “I am very proud of them for taking it upon themselves to move. It’s important to keep kids moving and healthy and Marathon Kids does that.”

Six of the students received special recognition for running more than 100 miles within six months, and Marathon Kids Executive Director Christine Pollei awarded Saint Anne a check for funds to continue providing support for the Marathon Kids 26.2 Mile Challenge at the school. Pollei noted that 30,000 students in the L.A. area participate in Marathon Kids.

The organization is dedicated to improving the health of children by offering them the tools, knowledge, and support to build a healthier lifestyle through school-based programming and a family-based initiative. Learn more at www.marathonkids.org.

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