I started this in December 2004 after coming off a high of finishing my first marathon. I wanted to enjoy a last run for the year and there were no official races on New Years Eve. So, I gathered a few running buddies and the first Loop the Lake was born.
In 2006, it occurred to me that we runners could have fun at the end of the year and benefit other people at the same time. Since I have always struggled with obesity, especially as a child, I wanted to do something that would help children who were like me. I teamed up with Beth Crider and we gave away t-shirts to everyone who made a donation. All money raised we gave away to Marathon Kids. We raised $1,300 in 2006.
Over the years we have raised over $75,000, all donated to Marathon Kids. Marathon Kids is a not for profit group working through the local school districts in Dallas and other Texas communities.
This year, 2017, we are hoping to raise $20,000 for this organization. In the Dallas area alone, we have over 9,000 kids who want to participate in the Marathon Kids program and need funding. Every $15 we raise will pay for another Dallas area child. We want to have at least 400 show up on Sunday, so please bring your friends and family. This is a great run with music, food, drinks and fun.
Fighting childhood obesity is important to me because it affects over 9 million children ages 6-19. Childhood obesity is a leading cause of Type II Diabetes in children and later, adults. Children who are obese have a greater chance of cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, asthma and liver disease. Over 70% of overweight teens become overweight or obese adults in this country.
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