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The Marathon Project 2012

With the new year comes a new and exciting season of the Marathon Project. Poughkeepsie City School District, Beacon City School District, and Newburgh Enlarged School District are on board for the exhilarating season. The season will begin in late March and run through October, packed full of races and events.

For those who are not aware of the Marathon Project,  which is sponsored by the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County, Inc. and the Dyson Foundation, is an innovative distance running after school initiative that pairs adult mentors with at-risk youth ages 12-18 throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley. The project aims to reduce risk factors such as childhood obesity, school drop out, and substance misuse. This after school initiative provides opportunities for students and mentors to set and achieve goals, explore avenues of character development and improve health while building positive, student/adult relationships through running.

As always, we are looking for additional mentors and volunteers to assist in the 2012 season of the Marathon Project. The role of a mentor is nothing short of rewarding. As a positive role model to many kids, you will help steer them towards healthy lifestyle choices, and building confidence in achieving their goals. During the season the Project Coordinator and mentors will provide nutrition tips, goal-setting skills, and a support system to kids who may have never walked a mile. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to help with special events and fundraising efforts.

The 2012 season of the Marathon Project is sure to be full of unforgettable memories and amazing accomplishments. If you would like to know more about the Marathon Project, make a donation, or become a mentor, please call Nicole Alger at the Council on Addiction Prevention and Education of Dutchess County at (845)765-8301 ext. 101 or email nalger@capedc.org.



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