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Lynbrook Elementary receives Healthy School Award

Lynbrook has consistently been among the top five participating schools at the Kids Run since the first running in 2000.

Lynbrook has consistently been among the top five participating schools at the Kids Run since the first running in 2000. Photo contributed

The Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) presented Healthy School Awards to the students of Fairfax County Public School Lynbrook Elementary in Springfield on Wednesday, Feb. 20, and Alexandria City Public School James K. Polk Elementary in Alexandria, on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Healthy School Awards are presented to the top five participating schools at the MCM-organized Healthy Kids Fun Run. Lynbrook Elementary School registered 323 students for the Kids Run held on Oct. 27, 2012, while students from James K. Polk Elementary comprised 325 of the 3,600-participant race field in the Kids Run.

As part of the Healthy School Award, MCM partner Sodexo presented the schools with a check for $1,000 and provided healthy snacks for all students. Additional prizes were courtesy of MCM partners Silver Diner and TheraPearl.

MCM staff members hosted motivating fitness programs and exercise activities at the winning schools. Marines from Marine Corps Base Quantico and MCM mascots Miles and Molly the bulldogs led students in PT drills during the assemblies.

"Lynbrook has consistently been among the top five participating schools at the Kids Run since the first running in 2000, and this year James K. Polk made an impressive jump in their registration numbers," says Rick Nealis, MCM director.

The 2013 Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held on Oct. 26 in Arlington. Registration opens online on April 17 at www.marinemarathon.com for children ages 5 to 12.