FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
George Mason Elementary to Receive Healthy School Honor on March 10
Marine Corps Marathon to Present Final of Five Awards
to Alexandria, VA School
QUANTICO, VA (March 9, 2011) - The students at George Mason Elementary
School will receive top honors from the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) on
March 10, as the MCM presents the Healthy School Award during an assembly
in the school gym at 2601 Cameron Mills Road, Alexandria, VA.
The final of the five Healthy School Awards will be presented to George
Mason for the school's participation in the MCM Healthy Kids Fun Run.
George Mason included 215 students in the event that was held in Arlington,
VA on Oct. 30.
"As a result of the tremendous participation from 747 schools in 2010, the
MCM was able to expand the Healthy School Award program to honor the top
five schools that garnered the most registration," says MCM Director Rick
"Our partner, Sodexo, has also enhanced the Healthy School Award with its
$1,000 contribution to each of the five award-winning schools," Nealis
adds. "And the team from the National Children's Museum has led an
outstanding educational and activity-driven program to accompany each award
The National Children's Museum and Sodexo are sponsors of the Healthy Kids
Fun Run. In addition to the monetary award, Sodexo is also providing
healthy snacks to all of the award-winning schools.
To add to the excitement of the George Mason award presentation this week,
U.S. Marines stationed on Marine Corps Base Quantico and MCM mascot Miles
the Bulldog will lead the students in PT exercises.
The 2011 Healthy Kids Fun Run will open to online registration at noon
Eastern on March 9 at www.marinemarathon.com. Parents can register kids
ages 5 to 12 for the event that will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29.
Schools or organizations interested in registering groups of students can
contact Hannah Maier, MCM sponsorship coordinator at
For media information regarding Healthy School Award programs, contact Tami
Faram, MCM Public Relations Coordinator at or
The Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run is hosted annually by the
Marine Corps Marathon. The 2011 Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held on
Saturday, Oct. 29 in Arlington, VA. Online registration will open March 9
About the MCM: Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps
Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its
participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest
marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name, "The People's
Marathon." The MCM is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and
the ninth largest in the world. The 36th MCM will be held on October 30, in
Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.
About Sodexo: Sodexo, Inc. (www.sodexoUSA.com), leading Quality of Daily
Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site
Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and
Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass.
Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative
costs for the Sodexo Foundation (www.sodexoUSA.com), an independent
charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more
than $13 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate
blog at www.sodexoUSA.com/blog.
About the National Children's Museum: Scheduled to open in 2013, the
National Children's Museum (NCM) is a world-class cultural and educational
institution dedicated to engaging children and empowering children. NCM's
mission is to inspire children to care about and improve the world. Through
2013, NCM is operating as a Museum Without Walls, participating in a
variety of community events and working with other organizations to develop
creative partnerships that benefit kids and families. In 2009, NCM opened
the Launch Zone, a 2,700 square-foot space at National Harbor, Md. where
kids and families can prototype and test exhibit and program concepts. For
more information, visit www.ncm.museum.