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Marine Corps Marathon to Present Award to Alexandria School This Week James K. Polk Elementary is O

QUANTICO, VA (Feb. 15, 2011) - The students at James K. Polk Elementary School in Alexandria, VA are in for a thrill this week when the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) and U.S. Marines arrive on Thursday, Feb. 17 to present MCM’s Healthy School Award.

The Healthy School Award is presented each year to the elementary schools that garner the most student participation in the Healthy Kids Fun Run, organized by the MCM.

The award assembly will start at 10 a.m. in the James K. Polk gymnasium located at 5000 Polk Ave., in Alexandria. Amid the excitement, MCM Race Director Rick Nealis will introduce MCM mascot Miles the Bulldog and a group of U.S. Marines who will engage the students in a healthy round of military PT exercises.

As part of the Healthy School Award, MCM partner Sodexo will present a check for $1,000 to the school and will distribute healthy snacks to all students. In addition, James Polk students will participate in the National Children’s Museum “Museum Without Walls” program. Sodexo and the National Children’s Museum are supporters of the MCM’s Healthy Kids Fun Run held annually the day before the MCM. 

James K. Polk Elementary registered 133 students for the Healthy Kids Fun Run held in the Pentagon North parking lot in Arlington, VA on Oct. 30, 2010. Nearly 3,000 students from 747 schools from across the United States participated in the event.

James K. Polk is one of five elementary schools that will receive the Healthy School Award during assemblies in February and March.

Additional award assemblies will be held on these dates:
February 24 - William Ramsay Elementary
February 28 - Elizabeth Vaughan Elementary
March 2 - Lynbrook Elementary
March 10 - George Mason Elementary

For media information regarding Healthy School Award programs, contact Tami Faram, MCM Public Relations Coordinator at or 703-432-1840.

The Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run is hosted annually by the Marine Corps Marathon. The 2011 Healthy Kids Fun Run will be held on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Arlington, VA. Online registration will open March 9 at

About the MCM:
Voted the best marathon for families, the Marine Corps Marathon honors the dedication, sportsmanship and patriotism of its participants. Runners from all walks of life participate in the largest marathon not to offer prize money, earning the name, “The People’s Marathon.” The MCM is the fifth largest marathon in the United States and the ninth largest in the world. The 36th MCM will be held on October 30, in Arlington, VA. No federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.

About Sodexo:
Sodexo, Inc. (, leading Quality of Daily Life Solutions company in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico, delivers On Site Service Solutions in Corporate, Education, Health Care, Government, and Remote Site segments, as well as Motivation Solutions such as Esteem Pass. Sodexo, Inc., headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., funds all administrative costs for the Sodexo Foundation (, an independent charitable organization that, since its founding in 1999, has made more than $13 million in grants to fight hunger in America. Visit the corporate blog at

About the National Children’s Museum: Scheduled to open in 2013, the National Children’s Museum (NCM) is a world-class cultural and educational institution dedicated to engaging children and empowering children. NCM’s mission is to inspire children to care about and improve the world. Through 2013, NCM is operating as a Museum Without Walls, participating in a variety of community events and working with other organizations to develop creative partnerships that benefit kids and families. In 2009, NCM opened the Launch Zone, a 2,700 square-foot space at National Harbor, Md. where kids and families can prototype and test exhibit and program concepts. For more information, visit

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