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Chancellor Walcott Joins Students for the NY Road Runners Jingle Bell Jog, a 4-mile run in Prospect Park


Hundreds of students have registered to participate

Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today joined hundreds of students for the New York Road Runners’ Jingle Bell Jog, a 4-mile run in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. The event supports youth running programs in NYC public schools. NYRR’s primary initiatives, Mighty Milers, Young Runners, and the Developmental Track and Field Series, are school-based programs that provide additional physical activity opportunities to students during and after the school day.  During this school year they will serve approximately 100,000 public school students. Chancellor Walcott was joined by New York Road Runners President and Chief Executive Officer Mary Wittenberg, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and Council members Letitia James and Brad Lander.

“The Jingle Bell Jog is a great event to welcome the holidays and I looked forward to participating in the event along with my colleagues,” Chancellor Walcott said. “It reminds us all of the importance of keeping an active lifestyle. I want to thank the New York Road Runners for being an outstanding partner and providing a variety of physical activity programs to our students throughout the year. Staying active and being mindful of healthy eating helps students stay alert in school.”

“NYRR is committed to the health and fitness of our young people. More than 10 years ago, we started our first youth running program with one school and 15 kids in Red Hook, Brooklyn,” said NYRR President and CEO Mary Wittenberg. Today, with the support of the DOE, we provide free running programs and events for 100,000 students in the five boroughs. The Jingle Bell Jog is a community celebration and fundraiser to help us get even more kids running and we invite everyone to be a part of it.

“This event highlights our shared commitment to improving student wellness,” Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm said. “NY Road Runners’ partnership with DOE has helped raise awareness about the importance of physical activity for our students, while helping students learn valuable lessons about endurance, commitment, and enthusiasm for fitness in and out of school.”

“The Road Runners’ many youth programs and events such as the Jingle Bell Jog have helped thousands of New York City students discover the joy of running and the benefits of being active,” said Lindsey Harr, Executive Director of School Wellness Programs. “It is a pleasure to see so many of our students, educators and families at the Jingle Bell Jog today and experience firsthand how school and community partnerships can support student wellness.”

NY Road Runners and the DOE have implemented various programs for students of all fitness levels. These include Young Runners that prepare students to run distances from 1 to 6.2 miles and Mighty Milers that introduce students to physical activities by having them run or walk briskly upwards of a half-mile in supervised sessions two to five times a week.

We are proud to celebrate the many Brooklyn and New York City students who participate in NYRR’s fitness programs,” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz said. Brooklyn is delighted to host the Jingle Bell Jog for the third year in a row. The four-mile race will not only help runners burn off some of those holiday calories, but with all proceeds going to the NYRR youth running programs, I can’t think of a better gift to our city’s public school kids this holiday season.

“The Jingle Bell Jog is a fun, festive celebration for all of us who love NYC public schools, New York Road Runners, and Prospect Park. I look forward to cheering on all of those jingling runners,” Council member Lander said.

“Running has a tremendous positive impact on all members of our community, Councilwoman James said. “It’s a sport for all ages and abilities.”