Dade Middle Schools Converge On Streets Of Downtown Miami For ING Run For Something Better At ING Miami Marathon

  Dade Middle Schools Converge On Streets Of Downtown Miami For ING Run For
                    Something Better At ING Miami Marathon

PR Newswire

MIAMI, Jan. 24, 2013

MIAMI, Jan. 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 5,000 Dade County middle school
students will run the final 1.2 miles of the 2013 ING Run For Something
Better® program on Sunday, January 27 as part of festivities at the ING Miami
Marathon and Half-Marathon®.

The students have been accumulating miles for their marathon for the past
several months as part of the 10-year-old program that is designed to promote
health and fitness to kids. The run will begin near the steps of the county
courthouse at 11 a.m. and wind down Flagler Street to the ING Miami Marathon
and Half-Marathon® finish line, where they will enjoy the experience of
finishing through the half-marathon chute.

"Through Physical Education, students train for the ING Run For Something
Better program," said Dr. Jayne Greenberg, District Director for Physical
Education and Health Literacy for Dade County Schools. "The program began as a
goal-setting program. It not only teaches you about the importance of being
physically active, but also how to set a goal, work hard toward your goal and
to achieve your goal.

"If you can set a goal to be physically active every day, you can take that
same goal-setting and apply it to everything that you do. We are trying to
apply it to teachers, administrators, custodians, and cafeteria staffs. We
want everybody in Miami-Dade Schools to be healthy."

The Miami program for kids began in 2003 with a few hundred Dade County middle
school students and has grown every year. Now the swarm of youngsters, clad
in orange ING Run For Something Better® shirts and orange laces, racing to the
finish line is as much a part of South Florida's largest distance running
event as the Marathon itself.

The kids participating in ING Run For Something Better® have executed a
15-week training program at their respective schools, running a minimum of 25
miles over that period of time. The 1.2 mile finale is a celebration run of
their participation in the program, and the participating kids will receive
orange shoe laces, a t-shirt, a medal and a post-race snack upon completion of
their final mile. While there are 5,000 kids running the final mile on race
day, 11,000 students are participating in the ING Run For Something Better®
program at their school.

"The ING Run For Something Better® program becomes an important initiative to
develop an appreciation for physical activity through running among middle
school age students," said Dave Scott, General Manager of US Road Sports &
Entertainment of Florida and Race Director of the ING Miami Marathon. "Each
passing year this program has grown and these youngsters will be joining the
ranks of a growing health and fitness generation. I honestly believe that
kids love to run and proof of that is very visible on Sunday morning when that
wave of Orange hits Biscayne Boulevard."

The schools participating in the ING Run For Something Better® program are Ada
Merritt K8, Allapattah Middle, Belen Jesuit, Brownsville Middle, Carol City
Middle, Charter School at Waterstone, Coral Gables Prep, Cutler Ridge Middle,
Devon Aire K8, Doctor's Charter School, Good Shepherd Catholic, Hammocks
Middle, Henry Filer Middle, Hialeah Gardens Middle, Highland Oaks Middle,
Howard D. McMillan, Immaculate Conception School, Jose Marti MAST Academy,
Lawton Chiles Middle, Miami Lakes K8, Nautilus Middle, Palmetto Middle, Peskoe
K8, Pincrest Academy South Charter, Richmond Heights Middle, Rockway Middle,
Somerset Academy Silver Palms, South Dade Middle, St. Agnes Academy, St. John
Neumann, St. Rose of Lima, St. Theresa, Vineland K8, andWinston Park K8.

Pep Rally to Get Students Pumped to 'Run For Something Better' at the ING
Miami Marathon and Half Marathon

WHEN:Friday, January 25, 2013
 Pep Rally begins at 9:00 a.m. ET

WHERE:Vineland K-8 Center
 8455 Southwest 119th Street
 Miami, FL 33156

WHO: - Students set to run at the ING Miami Marathon and Half
Marathon
 -School officials
- ING U.S./U.S. Road Sports spokespeople
-Dane Rauschenberg, extreme runner and author of See
Dane
 Run, One Man, 52 Weekends, 52 Marathons
-Lisa Dorfman, The Running Nutritionist® and director
of the
graduate program of Nutrition for Health & Human
Performance,
University of Miami

WHAT:ING Run For Something Better (ING RFSB),  a program to help
kids learn the benefits of running and regular exercise, is holding a pep
rally to prepare students participating in the ING Run for Something Better
Miami held at the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, January 27.
At the Sunday event, 5,000 youth runners will log the last mile in their
cumulative running program to reach a full Marathon distance.

About US Road Sports
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company
dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of
US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that
showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through
events that are a part of the city's culture, identity and brand. For each
participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of
all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health
and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides
sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their
presence and message in the community.

About ING
ING U.S. is a subsidiary of Dutch-based ING Groep N.V. In the U.S., the ING
(NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial
services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance,
retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments,
institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits and
financial planning. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves
approximately 15 million customers across the nation. For more information,
visit http://ing.us.

About ING  Run For Something Better®
ING RFSB was developed by ING U.S. to introduce kids to the benefits of
running, a habit of physical fitness, and healthy lifestyle choices. Since
2006, ING RFSB has worked with the Fit Miami Foundation and Miami-Dade County
Schools to implement a 15-week cumulative running program for middle school
students in grades 6-8 in Miami-Dade County. Since that time, more than 36,000
kids from 39 Miami-Dade County Schools have participated and have cumulatively
run over 900,000 miles. Nationally, more than 155,000 students nationwide have
participated in ING RFSB-supported programs and have run over 4.5 million
miles. For more information about the national effort, visit
http://www.orangelaces.com/.

About the ING Foundation
The ING Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities
where ING U.S. operates and its employees and customers live. Through
charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on
programs in the areas of financial literacy, children's education, diversity
and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit
ing-usafoundation.com

Contact: Gary Ferman      Phil Margolis
         Specialty Sports ING U.S.
         (954) 558-5203   (860) 805-7642

SOURCE ING U.S.; US Road Sports

Website: http://www.orangelaces.com
Website: http://ing.us
 
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