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Students on the GO! Program Prepares Youth for GO! St. Louis Half Marathon

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04/05/2012 - 10:36

GoStLouis_Students.jpgST. LOUIS - GO! St. Louis, a local non-profit organization that presents fitness events and programs in the St. Louis region announced that more than 125 high school students from eight local schools will be part of the innovative fitness and character-building Students on the GO! program. The program, now in its third year continues to attract new students and schools each year.

Students on the GO! encourages high school students to run or walk the annual GO! St. Louis Half Marathon, which is set for Sunday, April 15. Participating students, along with educators have been attending training sessions since January in preparation for reaching their 13.1 mile goal. In addition to a training program led by GO! St. Louis staff each weekend, students have been mentored on the benefits of goal-setting and eating a nutritious diet. Also, participants earn incentives for attendance such as running shoes, running jacket and a technical running shirt.

"I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand the amazing transformation in many of these young student's lives since this program began," said Nancy Lieberman, GO! St. Louis president. "The intangible benefit aside from an improved fitness level, is the relationship bonds that are formed between the student and educator. Both have a common goal and train side-by-side."

The 2012 Students on the GO! program presented by The Staenberg Family Foundation, features eight area high schools - Roosevelt High School, Gateway High School, Central Visual Performing Arts, Metro High School, Pattonville High School, University City High School, Block Yeshiva and Jennings High School.

For additional information on Students on the GO!, visit: www.gostlouis.org/community-programs.html