"For the past three years, ING Run For Something Better has served as a great complement to our physical education curriculum," said Billette Owens-Ashford, director of Physical Education and Athletics for Atlanta Public Schools. "Through this essay contest, we're realizing that students are encouraging their parents and family members to stay fit. This tells us that the program can be a positive influence both in the classroom and at home."
ING Run For Something Better was introduced three years ago in metro Atlanta when ING became title sponsor of the ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon. Last year, more than 1,500 middle school students took part in ING Run For Something Better, with over 700 finishing their final mile on race day. More than 1,500 students are expected to complete the program at this year's ING Georgia Marathon & Half Marathon.
As the sponsor of a number of premier running events in the U.S., ING has been encouraging young people to get physically fit. ING developed ING Run For Something Better in 2003 as a way to give back to local communities. The national campaign provides funding for free, school-based running programs while teaching kids about the benefits of exercise and healthy lifestyle choices.
In the fall of 2006, ING also created the Orange Laces program -- a public, fundraising campaign that encourages everyone to join the cause. When someone donates $10 or more, ING gives them a pair of orange shoelaces to show they a
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