Group running across the U.S. to battle child obesity

Obesity in youngsters has double over the past 30 years. To help promote healthier lifestyles for children, a dozen athletes are running 3,000 miles across the country; it's the equivalent of 117 marathons.

Their goal is to stop at schools along the way to promote physical activity for children.

A team of athletes from "Run Across the USA" visited with students from Camp Bellow School in Phoenix.

"We're going to be running with the kids, talking about the importance of fitness, talking about eating," said Sandy Van Soye, a runner with Race Across the USA.

The group just finished running 86 miles from Parker to Phoenix. They say they are running the distance of a marathon every day. 

After talking with the students in Arizona, the runners will make stops in Texas, Arkansas, the Carolinas, and arrive in our nation's capitol on June 2nd. The team is comprised of athletes from states across the USA including Hawaii. 

They're raising cash for the 100 Mile Club, a group that challenges students to run 100 miles over the course of a school year to battle child obesity. 

These runners say they're following their passion.

"It's a passion of mine to be honest with you, just healthy lifestyles, in general, to be able to talk to the kids about it," said runner Jessica Hardy.

"I started running when I was 7 or 8, and I remember seeing older folks give lectures or an assembly about what they were passionate about, and I always wanted to be one of those people," said Alex Ramsey with Race Across the USA.

The response from the children was incredible positive. 

"We're trying to reach out to young kids and help them establish a positive relationship with physical activity," said Bryce Carlson, a runner.

"They're so excited, they're overjoyed, it's amazing," said Hardy.

Promoting healthier lifestyles, one student at a time. 

Students will receive a gold medal from the 100 Mile Club if they run 100 miles by the end of the school year.
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