Media Only Contacts: John A. Stokes, (202) 673-2195 (DPR); Jack Pfeiffer (202) 727-1751 (EOM)
(Washington, DC) -- On Friday, September 18, 2009, the DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will join city leaders, the SunTrust National Marathon and the Greater Washington Sports Alliance to kick-off the third year of the District’s Junior Monumental Milers Program (JuMMP). The event will be hosted from 11 am to 1 pm at the Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE.
JuMMP is a 23-week fitness program challenging youth ages 8-13 years of age to run or walk 26.2 miles. Youth track their miles on his or her individual runner’s log. Miles can be completed at school, after-school or on the weekend with a parent or friend. District youth who pledge their commitment to the 2010 JuMMP will receive an official participant T-shirt and join those in attendance in an opening lap around the Turkey Thicket field to kick off this year’s program as part of the first DPR out-of-school Play Day.
Also scheduled to provide remarks is the DC Council Chair of the Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation and Ward 5 Councilmember Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr. Special recognition of JuMMP corporate partners will include SunTrust Bank, BET Foundation, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Kids runDC and Teens runDC.
Kick-Off the Third Year of the Junior Monumental Milers Program
Friday, September 18, 2009; 11 am - 1 pm
Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Avenue, NE
VISUALS AND INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
- Harry “Tommy” Thomas, Jr., Councilmember Ward 5 and Chair, Committee on Libraries, Parks and Recreation
- Ximena Hartsock, Acting Director, DC Department of Parks and Recreation
- Bob Sweeney, President, Greater Washington Sports Alliance
- Scott Wilfong, Chairman, President and CEO of SunTrust Bank, Greater Washington/Maryland
- Wisdom Martin, Reporter, WTTG Fox 5
- Alesha Renee, Host, Black Entertainment Television (BET)
- 300 DPR Youth
This third year fitness initiative promotes youth health, physical fitness and nutrition essentials to area youth who take part in the 23-week run/walk program in the District of Columbia. JuMMP registration is free and can be completed online or by mail. Youth ranging from 8-13 can bring their completed runner’s log to receive a free runner’s bib and entry into the Friday, March 19, 2010 SunTrust National Marathon Mini Marathon and Fun Field Day Activities. Finishers will receive a tee shirt, medal and gift bag for their accomplishment.