by Alexandria Patch Staff
Mount Vernon Community School and George Mason Elementary were honored for their participation in October's Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run.
Five Virginia schools were honored with the Healthy Schools Award. Of those schools, Alexandria's James K. Polk Elementary had the most students participate in the run with 325 students participate. Mason had 245 students participate, while MVCS had 216.
Other schools receiving the award: Lynbrook Elementary in Springfield (323 students) and Claremont Immersion School in Arlington (206 students).
"The Healthy Kids Fun Run is consistently growing in participation as parents, schools and communities reinforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness among youth," Marine Corps Marathon Director Rick Nealis said in a news release. "The Healthy School Award recognizes the schools that have excelled in their efforts to encourage active kids."
The run was held Oct. 27 in Arlington, and more than 3,000 students age 5 to 12 participated.
The five schools with the most students participating received an award, plus a monetary donation to their physical education programs by Marine Corps Marathon partner Sodexo. The amount of money to be awarded was not immediately available Tuesday.