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Runner's World Partners with Children's Hospital for Heartbreak Hill Half and Festival

Posted by Chrissy Horan  February 25, 2014 09:56 PM

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I know I’ve got a marathon to run in just, gulp, 54 days.

But I can’t help look ahead a bit until June 8th, when I will run side by side with my cousin Liz in the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon. After running the same half marathon, though not together, in Brooklyn a few weeks ago, I look forward to sharing all 13.1 miles with my only relative who would even consider running that far.

Last week, Runner’s World announced a new partnership for the inaugural Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon & Festival with Boston Children's Hospital. This partnership will emphasize the free kids’ runs on Friday, June 6, at 6 p.m., kicking off the race weekend.

“With this partnership, we see a unique opportunity to work with a world-renowned research and healthcare facility to get kids running and help reverse trends in childhood obesity,” said Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief David Willey. “We hope to play a small part on laying the foundation for kids to grow up healthy and active.”

“The Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half & Festival aligns with Boston Children's Hospital’s mission to help children develop healthy and happy lifestyles that last into adulthood,” said David S. Ludwig, M.D., Ph.D., director of the New Balance Foundation Obesity Prevention Center at Boston Children’s Hospital. Runners interested in fundraising for Boston Children’s Hospital are invited to join the Miles for Miracles Team.

For about 8 hours a day, when I am not eating, sleeping, running or writing about running, I work on research that seeks to improve childhood obesity (though not at Children’s Hospital). I believe it’s an important issue, as are the efforts in the community, school, home and doctor’s office that play a part in addressing this health concern.

A report released today in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed a significant decrease in obesity in 2-5 year old children and no significant change (positive or negative) in almost all other age groups. That’s really big news after years of continuously increasing obesity rates.

While the race is certainly not going to fix a decades old problem, I commend Runner’s World and Boston Children’s Hospital on raising funds to support this issue and encouraging more children to get out and be active.

And maybe a few of us big kids too.

As always, let me know what you think and what’s going on in your running community. Post comments here or email me at

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     Chrissy Horan has been running around Boston and nearby neighborhoods since 2000. An athlete through high school and college, she has found the running community in Boston to More »

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