8th Annual Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™
Saturday, June 13 ~ 10am-2pm
@ Plumb Hill Playing Fields, Litchfield, CT

Litchfield Bancorp (LBC) is partnering with Rod Dixon’s KiDSMARATHON® Connecticut
and Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities, to sponsor a Celebration
 of Community on June 13, 2015 from 10:00am to 12:00pm
 at Plumb Hill Playing Fields in Litchfield.

This year, attractions will include the KiDSMARATHON Final Mile event,
entertainment by the Forbes Flyers jump rope team from Torrington, 2 bouncy houses,
 music and face painting. Bottled water and fresh fruit will be offered FREE to participants.
There will also be an obstacle course set up by the NW YMCA.
Plumb Hill will host the regional KiDSMARATHON Final Mile run for the seventh year,
one of five regional KiDSMARATHON events hosting 5,000 students. More than
800 Litchfield Hills elementary school students will run, which encourages children to
exercise and eat healthy. Litchfield Bancorp’s Community Celebration will enable family,
 friends and fans the opportunity to cheer all the runners along as they complete
the final lap of the KiDSMARATHON! Olympian and NY Marathon winner
Rod Dixon, founder and President of KiDSMARATHON Foundation, will be
at Plumb Hill to encourage the achievement and lead the medal awards ceremony.

Plumb Hill Playing Fields, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that
 maintains the track, soccer fields and softball field at Plumb Hill.

Partners for Sustainable Healthy Communities is an educational-services
public charity founded in 2007 to develop, nurture and support community-based
 nutrition and physical-activity programs that connect the benefits of environmental
stewardship, CT-Grown local food and active, healthy lifestyles. KiDSMARATHON Connecticut
and the Litchfield Hills Farmers’ market are two of its signature programs.

Litchfield Bancorp is a mutual savings bank with assets of $220 million offering
full service offices in Litchfield, Torrington, Watertown, Washington and Lakeville.
To find out why Every Customer Counts, go to LitchfieldBancorp.com or call 860-567-9401.

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7th Annual Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™
Saturday, June 7, 2014
@ Plumb Hill Track, Litchfield, CT

2014 KidsMarathon - Litchfield

Goshen Center School

Forbes Flyers


Litchfield Bancorp
sponsored KidsMarathon & Community Day

 

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6th Annual Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™
Saturday, June 8, 2013
@ Plumb Hill Track, Litchfield, CT
Start
Finish
Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™
Litchfield's Plumb Hill Playing Fields
Final-Mile Event
C'mon KiDSMARATHONers . . .Let's Get Moving!!!
1.  Get a good night's sleep and start your morning on celebration day with a good breakfast and remember to dress appropriately for the weather.  We will have water and healthy snacks at the site.
2.  Parking:  There will be limits on parking at the site of the Community Celebration at Plumb Hills Playing Fields.  Shuttle buses will be operating from 9:00 to noon from parking areas identified on the attached maps.
3.  KiDSMARATHONer checklist: Proper running shoes & socks, your favorite shorts and school spirit T-shirt, sweats if you need to keep warm.  It is strongly recommended that schools wear their school spirit T-shirt or similar color for the parade!
4.  Each school is encouraged to bring a sign or banner for the KiDSMARATHONer parade.  Families and friends go to the spectator area.  
5.  Lavatories are located adjacent to the track entrance.
6.  Introduction & Welcome - 10:00: Bill Burgess, Executive Director &  Brent Hakins, Litchfield Parks & Rec Director,
7.  Warm-up Exercises - led by Litchfield High School track team - 10:10. All participants to the infield!  Parents in the stands!
8.  KiDSMARATHON Final-Mile: Schools are assigned to one of three heats (See reverse side of this page).  The first and last laps will be on the track.  An additional half-mile will be on a grass cross-country trail.
9.  Everyone cheers the runners - Families may cheer along the route but stay off the running track
10. Each teacher / coach will administer awards in the infield at the conclusion of the last heat.  "Finishing is winning . . .winning is finishing"  Final-Mile event should end by 11:30.
11. Weather postponement? Check Headlines and Flash News http://kidsmarathon-ct.org

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 Community Celebration - KiDSMARATHON Final Mile
Plumb Hills Playing Fields, Litchfield, CT
Saturday, June 8, 2013

Heat 1 - 10:30am
Litchfield Center, Litchfield Intermediate, Sherman,
Washington Montessori

   Heat 2 -10:34am
James Morris, Warren, Goshen,

   Heat 3 -10:38am
                 Southwest, Forbes, East, Torringford, Vogel-Wetmore

ATTENTION
- All KiDSMARATHONers should arrive between 9:15 and no later than 9:45am.
- Coaches must sign in to receive KiDSMARATHON shirts and award medals.  
- All shirts should be distributed to KiDSMARATHONers by 10:00am.
- All parents and guardians must leave the infield of the track by 9:50 and remain
off the track until after the completion of the final mile by all KiDSMARATHONers.    
- The program will begin with the parade of schools at 10:00.  
- After the welcome, introductions and National Anthem,
all participants will complete their warm-up exercises on the
 infield prior to a staggered start of heats #1, #2, #3.  
- Awards will be passed out on the infield after heat #3.  

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Rod Dixon in race to beat childhood obesity
Olympic medallist and world champion runner returns home to launch KiDSMARATHON in New Zealand
Obesity is killing us and with more than one in five kids overweight (Ministry of Health NZ) it is killing our children.
One man that refuses let it beat us is one of New Zealand's most awarded runners, Rod Dixon.

Founder of The Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON Foundation, Dixon's ambition is to educate kids, their families and communities, the value of exercise, nutrition and active participation that will lead to a life-long healthy approach to living.
The programme is simple. Kids run a full marathon, 42.2km, over the space of 8-10 weeks, broken down into manageable distances that can be run from scratch, building fitness, endurance and confidence.

Started in Los Angeles, California 8 years ago, the program has more than 150,000 participants in Connecticut, Nevada, West Virginia and 15 Cities of the Competitor ING Kids Rock program the U.S. More than 25,000 children, aged 7-12 enrolled in the Training program to this year's LA Marathon hosted 'Final Mile Celebration' at Dodger Stadium, home of the former World Series Baseball Champions, with eleven thousand + teachers, parents and family members, supporting and learning alongside the children.

"KiDSMARATHON is about creating a fun environment to develop a lifestyle of healthy exercise and nutrition habits, it also empowers kids with the knowledge and character to achieve in the classroom as well, says Dixon"
"When you see our KiDSMARATHON runners cross the finish line you see it is so much more than just the running. It's about the 'In Training "of the program, getting outdoors, in the fun of the day and sharing as a family, as a community. Participation in the event can change the lives of kids and those around them."

Rolling out throughout the country the first community to embrace Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON (RDKM)
is his hometown of Nelson, where Rod will attend the final event.

"Its fantasic to be able to bring Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON to in New Zealand," says Tania Bui, CEO Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON NZ. "Through Rod's dedication to the programme in the US we can see how it can provide profound change in children's lives. In Nelson alone there are more than 650 children signed up for the first year which will culminate in a RDKM mile (1.2km) event as part of the 32nd Annual Nelson Shoe Clinic Half Marathon, 5th May 2013."

Nelson City Mayor Aldo Miccio says 'It makes sense for Nelson to be the first region to officially embrace the Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON programme and is testament of the support in Nelson for events and opportunities for communities to get together and make a difference for the health of our kids. We couldn't do this without the backing of Sport Tasman and great local businesses who have really gotten behind it from the outset". Nelson is also the home base of the National Acadaemy of Distance Running, a chartible trust of which the Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON is a charter.

The second region to take up the Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON challenge will be Counties Manukau in the 2nd term of 2013.

More than 40,000 children in this area fall within the qualifying age group for the programme and with the help of Counties Manukau Sport, schools and teachers will be encouraged to take part in what will be the biggest RDKM final mile event in New Zealand at the Challenge Yourself Papakura Half Marathon at Bruce Pulman Park on the 22nd September 2013.

"Counties Manukau is a great place to grow up, with ethnic diversity and a strong sense of culture, it is a vibrant and passionate community," says Russell Preston, CEO Counties Manukau Sport. "We must also acknowledge though that the region has some of the lowest socio-economic demographics, including New Zealand's largest Maori and Pacific Island populations, all of which contribute to some of the highest levels of obesity."

"One of the wider goals from our perspective is to teach these kids some life skills in the sense of goal setting and accepting personal responsibility for their own achievements. The sooner they learn in life that if they want something for themselves, it's up to them be disciplined and stay focussed. Events such as these not only provide them with a healthier way of life but they make tomorrows communities much stronger" says Preston.

Every child that completes the programme through their school receives a certificate of achievement and those that participate in the final mile event will receive a medal as they cross the finish line in front of friends and whanau.

Mayor of Auckland City and former Mayor of Manukau City, Len Brown is a strong advocate of the programme. "Empowering our kids to be healthy and active can make a huge difference to their lives but can also be a catalyst to pull the community together and encourage activity. Auckland is a fantastic city for exercising, with incredible outdoor spaces and with lots of great events including the Auckland Marathon and the ITU World Triathlon Series. I look forwrad to seeing the Rod Dixon KiDSMARATHON event grow in Auckland and New Zealand" says Mayor Brown.

"Finishing is winning… winning is finishing!" Rod Dixon, Olympian and New York Marathon winner 1983.

Rod Dixon will be in Nelson for the first RDKM event Sunday 5th May and is available for pictures and interviews in the lead up and at the event. Rod will also be in Auckland the week after for the same.

A pilot of the RDKM programme has been run in selected schools in the Auckland area over the last 2 years with some kids finishing their final mile (1.2km) at the Auckland Marathon event. A number of marathons around the country have adopted the principles behind the concept to include a kids marathon section, that kids can do on their own, in their races as a result. The difference with the official Rod Dixon Kids Marathon programme is that the programme is run in schools and that entry to the final event is free or a gold coin donation.

General Heart Statistics - New Zealand Heart Foundation
- Cardiovascular disease (heart, stroke and blood vessel disease) is still the leading cause
of death in New Zealand, accounting for 40% of deaths annually. [1]
- Every 90 minutes a New Zealander dies from coronary heart disease (16 deaths a day). [1]
- Many of these deaths are premature and preventable.
- Obesity is a risk factor for a number of diseases including coronary heart disease,
stroke, diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and some cancers. [2]
- One in twenty adults have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease.
- That's 161,000 adults and includes 118,500 with angina and 89,400 who have
had a heart attack resulting in them being hospitalised. [2]
- Approximately one in two New Zealanders are obese or overweight. [1]
- One in five New Zealanders older than 15 smoke. [1]
- It is estimated that 5,000 people in New Zealand die prematurely from smoking
each year - this equates to around 12 people a day dying from smoking. [3]
Sources:
[1] Hay, D. 2004. cardiovascular Disease in New Zealand. 2004. A Summary of Recent Statistical Information. National Heart Foundation of New Zealand. [2] Ministry of Health. 2008. Portrait of Health. Key Results of the 2006/07 New Zealand Health Survey. Wellington: Ministry of Health.?[3] Ministry of Health. 2009. Implementing the ABC approach for Smoking Cessation. Framework and Work Programme. Wellington: Ministry of Health. http://www.moh.govt.nz/moh.nsf/indexmh/cardiovasculardisease

For further information or images:
Tania Bui
CEO
Rod Dixon Kids Marathon Foundation
p: +64 7 5744279  | m: +64 272444155

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2012 KidsMarathon
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Plumb Hill Track, Litchfield

Part 1
Part 2


KidsMarathon gets students moving in Region 6
Litchfield.bz (03-28-12)
KidsMarathon founder Rod Dixon, above, leads Region 6 elementary school students on a lap around the
athletic fields at Wamogo Regional High School on Tuesday and below, is welcomed by interim
Superintendent of Schools Edward Drapp. BZ photos
KidsMarathon Founder Rod Dixon was back in Litchfield on Tuesday to meet with elementary school students in Region 6 who will challenge themselves in this spring's KidsMarathon program.

The program is designed to get children moving and reduce childhood obesity. More than 4,000 students across the state are participating this spring, including students from the James Morris School in Morris, Warren School and Goshen Center School.

Students from the three schools filled the gym at Wamogo Regional High School to hear Dixon explain the program and its benefits. In the eight-week program, students will run the equivalent of a marathon, or 26.2 miles. Along the way, they'll chart their progress and will focus on healthy eating habits.

Students will run their final mile on the track at Plumb Hill Playing Fields in Litchfield on June 9. Dixon will be there and will hand out T-shirts and medals to students after they cross the finish line. More than 300 Region 6 students are expected to participate.

A group of Wamogo students will serve as mentors to the young runners. Dixon met with the mentors at the end of Tuesday's gathering and explained the importance of their roles.

Dixon was joined at Wamogo by Bill Burgess, executive director of Litchfield Hills Foods Systems and chairman of the KidsMarathon Foundation. They were greeted by interim Superintendent of Schools Edward Drapp, an avid runner.

KidsMarathon has gone national after its start in Litchfield five years ago. Dixon, winner of the bronze medal in the 1500 meters for his native New Zealand in the 1972 Summer Olympics and the winner of the 1983 New York City Marathon, is good friends with Litchfield parks and recreation director Brent Hawkins.

KidsMarathon was a hit at the James Morris School and among sixth-graders at Warren School last year. More Warren students have signed on this year and Goshen Center School is getting into the act for the first time.

The program is a bargain, with each student paying just $5 to participate. Dixon hopes their involvement will help spark an interest in fitness that will last for their rest of their lives.

Below, Eva Geiger, a first-grader at Goshen Center School, models Rod Dixon's Olympic bronze
medal during the KidsMarathon kickoff on Tuesday. BZ photo

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KidsMarathon 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Plumb Hill Track, Litchfield



KidsMarathon founder Rod Dixon, center, and students involved in the program run
on the track at Plumb Hill Playing Fields in Litchfield on Saturday. BZ photo

More than 400 local elementary school students ran one mile on the track at Plumb Hill Playing Fields on Saturday to complete Rod Dixon's KidsMarathon program.

Dixon, a native of New Zealand, Olympic bronze medal winner in the 1500 meters in 1972, and 1983 New York City Marathon champion brought KidsMarathon to Litchfield four years ago to promote exercise and healthy eating among elementary school students.

Twenty-seven students participated the first year, all from Litchfield. KidsMarathon has as since exploded across the state. More than 2,000 students from dozens of schools ran the equivalent of a marathon's 26.2 miles over an eight-week period this spring. They also learned about proper nutrition.

KidsMarathon is supported by Litchfield's Board of Education and Litchfield Hills Food Systems Inc. The Region 6 Board of Education is also on board.

Students running on Saturday were from Litchfield Intermediate School and Center School in Litchfield, James Morris School in Morris, the Warren School, East School and Forbes School, both in Torrington, Washington Montessori School, Hop Brook Elementary School in Naugatuck, and Stadley Rough Elementary School in Danbury.

Every student received a medals and T-shirt from Dixon, who also signed autographs. Bill Burgess of Litchfield Hills Food Systems, local sports celebrity Brent Hawkins and Litchfield Track Club coach Dave Driscoll were among the dignitaries on hand.

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Litchfield Hills Food Systems Partners with KiDSMARATHON Foundation, in Association With
Connecticut Association of Schools, to Promote Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Program
Litchfield Hills Food Systems (LHFS) is partnering with KiDSMARATHON Foundation (KMF), in association with The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), to develop and promote Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™ as a model program to help encourage children and families to be physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Initially piloted as part of the Litchfield Hills Road Race in 2008, the program has been adopted by CAS as an 8 to 10 week training program that enables kids to complete a full marathon by running incremental distances each week leading up to the finish in front of hundreds of fans.  During the program, elementary students of age 7 to 12 learn active, healthy-lifestyle habits that balance benefits for body and mind.  The mantra of the program is Finishing is Winning!  Winning is Finishing!

Rod Dixon was one of the best middle distance runners in the world.  He is an Olympic medalist; two-time world cross-country championship medalist and the 1500-meter champion of the United States, France, Great Britain and New Zealand.  He is a two-time World Masters Champion.  Rod won the 1983 New York City Marathon, was the #1-ranked runner in U.S. road running and served as coach of the Fiji Olympic Team.  He is the Director of Coaching and Training for the Los Angeles Marathon Roadrunners program with over 1500 Runners “In Training” for the Marathon run. He is passionate and enthusiastic in spending time with adults and helping kids, from 7 years to 77 years to learn the fun of exercise and healthy eating as much as he does.

Through CAS, the program is being offered to all CT public and parochial schools and will culminate in KiDSMARATHON Celebrations in four locations including Litchfield's Plumb Hill Track on June 11.  

Training begins at each CAS-member school in early April.  On-line registration is now available at http://www.casciac.org/register.  Bill Burgess, LHFS President and KMF Chairman and Rod Dixon, KMF Executive Director made the joint announcement.  Dave Maloney, Assistant Executive Director of CAS, leads the schools' initiative along with local school coaches and mentors. The beauty of the program is that it can be implemented without competing with instructional time, as many schools have started running clubs that get kids exercising either before or after school.  From health and physical education teachers to parents to high school mentors, committed and caring adults who support the concepts of healthy nutritional standards and physical fitness administer the entire program.


“Fitting in with teaching and learning priorities for our public schools while also engaging parents with their kids to help prevent obesity is the key to developing a sustainable educational program that encourages kids to be active, eat healthy and have fun”, announced Burgess.  “The alliance between Litchfield Hills Food Systems and KiDSMARATHON Foundation has been pivotal in developing a practical and reasonable program to promote physical fitness and combat childhood obesity through a balance of better nutrition and everyday physical activity,” said Dixon.  “Our active, healthy lifestyle program both inspires and empowers kids to become and stay fit.  We know that exercise helps memory retention and alertness for learning, especially in children's growing brains.”

About Litchfield Hills Food Systems
Litchfield Hills Food Systems is an educational-services public charity founded in 2007 to develop, nurture and support community-based nutrition and physical-activity programs that connect the benefits of environmental stewardship, CT-Grown local food and active, healthy lifestyles.  The goal of these programs, including year around Litchfield Hills Farm-Fresh Markets, Edible School Gardens and the KiDSMARATHON Program, is to empower kids to make healthy-eating and physical-activity behavior choices that become habits in their everyday lives.  The fundamental tenet of the growing portfolio of community-based initiatives is that preparation for active, healthy lifestyles should begin in earnest in early childhood, particularly with the children in public schools.  For more information about LHFS visit http://www.litchfieldhillsfood.org

About KiDSMARATHON Foundation
Established in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) educational-services public charity and founded by Olympian and NY Marathon winner Rod Dixon, the goal of KiDSMARATHON Foundation is to lay the foundation for lifelong commitment to healthy lifestyle and fitness habits. Its signature program, Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™, embodies the mission of connecting community-driven resources to create educational experiences that empower kids to make the leap to eating right, being active and having fun in their everyday lives.  The KMF organization provides program development, intellectual capital plus the expertise of top athletes that is motivational to school administrators, community volunteers and the kids themselves.  Rod Dixon and KMF represent energy and success for all students, taking academic achievement of students to an even higher level. For more information about KMF visit http://www.kidsmarathonfoundation.org

About Connecticut Association of Schools
The Connecticut Association of Schools serve's Connecticut's K-12 public and parochial schools in all areas of inter-school activity.  CAS has emerged as an informed leader in Connecticut's educational system, providing services to Connecticut's schools in areas ranging from professional development programs in academics to the governance of interscholastic athletics.  The CAS mission is to provide exemplary programs and services to promote excellence in the education of all children and, in doing so, improve the quality of educational opportunities for the students of Connecticut.  The association represents over 1,000 schools in the state.  The Connecticut Association of Schools is a non-profit organization located in Cheshire, Connecticut.  For more information about CAS visit http://www.casciac.org

Press Contacts
Litchfield Hills Food Systems
Bill Burgess, President, 860-361-9125

KiDSMARATHON Foundation
Rod Dixon, Executive Director, 818-384-3625

Connecticut Association of Schools
Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director  203-250-1111


President's Challenge Program
Partners with KiDSMARATHON Foundation
and Connecticut Association of Schools
to Promote the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award
KIDSMARATHON Foundation (KMF), in association with The Connecticut Association of Schools (CAS), is partnering with the President's Challenge Program to help encourage children and families to be physically active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  As a President's Challenge Advocate, KiDSMARATHON Foundation will promote the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) to more than 100,000 Connecticut children and their families through Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™ Program, as well as social media platforms, public relations campaigns and special events.  Shellie Pfohl, Executive director, President's Council of Fitness, Sports & Nutrition, and Rod Dixon, Olympic medalist and Executive Director, KiDSMARATHON Foundation, made the joint announcement.

Rod Dixon was one of the best middle distance runners in the world.  He is an Olympic medalist; two-time world cross-country championship medalist and the 1500-meter champion of the United States, France, Great Britain and New Zealand.  He is a two-time World Masters Champion.  Rod won the 1983 New York City Marathon, was the #1-ranked runner in U.S. road running and served as coach of the Fiji Olympic Team.  He is the Director of Coaching and Training for the Los Angeles Marathon Roadrunners program with over 1500 Runners "In Training" for the Marathon run. He is passionate and enthusiastic in spending time with adults and helping kids, from 7 years to 77 years to learn the fun of exercise and healthy eating as much as he does.

In support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation, the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition is challenging Americans of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to achieve their PALA.  PALA requires youth participants, ages 6-17, to engage in physical activity for 60 minutes, five days per week, for six out of eight weeks.  Adults should participate in 30 minutes of physical activity for the same duration.  All participants who complete the requirements will receive a PALA certificate of achievement signed by the co-chairs of the President's Council, Drew Brees and Dominique Dawes.

"Reaching kids, parents and teachers both within and beyond the school environment is an important opportunity for the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition," announced Pfohl.  

Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON Program is a fun, life-changing fitness program resulting in a tremendous feeling of achievement and self-confidence.  The program enables kids from ages 7 to 12 to complete a full marathon by running training increments over eight weeks, leading to the finishing run of 1.2 miles at KiDSMARATHON Celebrations in front of hundreds of family members and friends.  The beauty of the program is that it can be implemented without competing with instructional time, as many schools have started running clubs that get kids exercising either before or after school.  From health and physical education teachers to parents to high school mentors, committed and caring adults who support the concepts of healthy nutritional standards and physical fitness administer the entire program.

"We are honored and excited to be partners with the President's Challenge Program," said Dixon.  KiDSMARATHON Foundation has been organized to promote physical fitness and combat childhood obesity through a balance of better nutrition and everyday physical activity.  Our program educates, empowers and inspires kids to become and stay fit.  We know that exercise helps memory retention and all learning functions especially in children's growing brains.

About President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition
The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition (PCFSN) is a committee of up to 25 volunteer citizens appointed by the President to serve in an advisory capacity through the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Through its programs and partnerships with the public, private and non-profit sectors, PCFSN serves as a catalyst to promote healthy lifestyles through fitness, sports and nutrition programs and initiatives that educate, empower and engage Americans of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.  For more information about PCFSN visit http://www.fitness.gov. For more information about President's Challenge programs, including the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA) visit http://www.presidentschallenge.org.

About KiDSMARATHON Foundation
Established in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) educational-services public charity and founded by Olympian and NY Marathon winner Rod Dixon, the goal of KiDSMARATHON Foundation is to lay the foundation for lifelong commitment to healthy lifestyle and fitness habits. Its signature program, Rod Dixon's KiDSMARATHON™, embodies the mission of connecting community-driven resources to create educational experiences that empower kids to make the leap to eating right, being active and having fun in their everyday lives.  The KMF organization provides program development, intellectual capital plus the expertise of top athletes that is motivational to school administrators, community volunteers and the kids themselves.  Rod Dixon and KMF represent energy and success for all students, taking academic achievement of students to an even higher level. For more information about KMF visit http://www.kidsmarathonfoundation.org

About Connecticut Association of Schools
The Connecticut Association of Schools serve's Connecticut's K-12 public and parochial schools in all areas of inter-school activity.  CAS has emerged as an informed leader in Connecticut's educational
system, providing services to Connecticut's schools in areas ranging from professional development programs in academics to the governance of interscholastic athletics.  The CAS mission is to provide exemplary programs and services to promote excellence in the education of all children and, in doing so, improve the quality of educational opportunities for the students of Connecticut.  The association represents over 1,000 schools in the state.  The Connecticut Association of Schools is a non-profit organization located in Cheshire, Connecticut.  For more information about CAS visit http://www.casciac.org

Press Contacts
KiDSMARATHON Foundation
Rod Dixon, Executive Director, 818-384-3625

Connecticut Association of Schools
Dr. Karissa Niehoff, Executive Director  203-250-1111

Litchfield Hills Food Systems
Bill Burgess, President, 860-361-9125