HATTIESBURG, Miss.(WHLT) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi kicked off its inaugural Get Ready to Run School Program in the Pine Belt Monday.
For the past five years the organization has held the Get Ready to Run Kids’ One-Mile Fun Run throughout Mississippi, but this April will be the first time it’s held in the Pine Belt.
The Get Ready to Run School Program is helping 11,000 students in 23 Pine Belt schools learn about proper running form, nutrition and healthy living.
Eugenia King, BlueCross & BlueShield of Mississippi School Coordinator, says teaching students about healthy lifestyle habits will help them not only at school, but at home as well.
“The lessons that they are learning in their regular scheduled P.E classes are things that they can take home and share with their parents and siblings, and just get the family out and moving,” she added, “We know that running is something that doesn’t cost anything, and we want kids to enjoy the basic things like running.”
The Get Ready to Run One Mile Fun Run is scheduled for April 28 at 9 a.m. at the University of Southern Mississippi. So far over 400 students have registered.
Students who register will receive a t-shirt, bag and race number, and those who actually finish the race will receive a medal.
The Pine Belt school with the highest percentage of participation at the Fun Run will be awarded up to $2,000.00.
For more information about the race or to register, click here.