October 6, 2009

Scott Burrell To Join 1,000 Students In Friday's ING Run for Something Better

HAMDEN, Conn. - Quinnipiac University Men's Basketball Assistant Coach Scott Burrell will join over 1,000 students in Bushnell Park to celebrate ING Run for Something Better Day on October 9. Burrell will help spread a positive message to young people about the benefits of health and fitness in connection with the ING Hartford Marathon, which takes place on Saturday morning, Oct. 10.

"As a college coach and a former pro ball player, I know the importance of staying healthy and fit. Unfortunately, too many young people in our country aren't getting enough physical activity and exercise," said Burrell. "The great thing about running is that just about anyone can do it. You don't need a lot of equipment, and you don't have to be a professional athlete. I'm happy to see a company like ING making a difference and helping children take a positive step toward healthier lives."

ING Run For Something Better Day takes place at Hartford's Bushnell Park on Friday, October 9. The race is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.

The ING Run For Something Better program is a national initiative established by financial services leader ING. As a sponsor of premier running events across the U.S., ING has been promoting youth fitness by providing grants and funding to school-based running and health education programs.

In the Hartford area, the ING Run For Something Better program is managed by the Hartford Marathon Foundation. Students from participating schools train by running their own version of a half marathon, covering 13.1 miles in 6 weeks. Those who complete 12 miles prior to marathon weekend are invited to ING Run For Something Better Day where they run their last 1.1 "final mile" in Bushnell Park, crossing over the official ING Hartford Marathon Finish Line. They also receive a finisher's medal and enjoy lunch as they experience the "World of Fitness" exhibits and activities.

Childhood obesity has become a serious health concern in the United States. Educating kids about the importance of living an active and healthy life is the cornerstone of the ING Run For Something Better.

Since 2003, over 50,000 children have participated in ING Run For Something Better programs across the country. Children in these programs have reached a milestone of running more than 1.5 million miles.