Auto Club Speedway to host Kids Fitness Challenge

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For the second consecutive year, the Auto Club Speedway is proud to host the Kids Fitness Challenge.  This year’s Kids Fitness Challenge at the Auto Club Speedway will take place on Saturday, April 19, 2008 and will comprise of a 5K run/walk through the Speedway facility and participants will again have the opportunity to walk on the track.  An estimated group of 5,000 is expected to participate.

Please visit www.kidsfitnesschallenge.com to register or you can register in person for the event beginning at 6:00 am on Saturday, April 19.  The run/walk will begin at 7:45 a.m. in the Opportunity, California FanZone.

In addition to serving as the starting point for the run/walk, the FanZone will also host the Get Healthy Expo.  The Expo will feature the Fitness Zone (climbing wall and obstacle course), sports activities presented by Chivas USA soccer, the Los Angeles Avengers, the USTA and Pop Warner football as well as free health screenings among many other interactive exhibits and fun-filled activities.  Participant/speakers scheduled to attend the event include San Bernardino County Supervisors Paul Biane and Josie Gonzales, City of Fontana Mayor Mark Nuami and Dave Allen, Vice President of the Auto Club Speedway.

The Fitness Challenge was founded in 2003 by John Wordin and has been recognized by the United States Congress, California State Legislature, LA Unified School District and the County and City of Los Angeles.

The goal of the Foundation is to educate people on the dangers of obesity, focusing on underserved areas of high need individuals and creating special events to inspire and motivate people to make small changes that lead to a healthier lifestyle.  These events include a 5K run/walk/ride and an expo experience where participants are exposed to nutrition education, healthier cooking/eating habits, free health screenings and activities of all kinds including climbing walls, obstacle courses, sports and a fitness stage.

These special events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local school physical activity and nutrition education programs and have demonstrated that it makes a difference in the lives of the people it touches.  Schools with at least 65 participants are eligible to receive grants from the Foundation based on participation at the events.

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