The Philadelphia Marathon, which will be held on November 17th, was named a finalist in the Aetna Voices of Health Campaign along with 33 organizations supporting health and wellness nationwide.
The Aetna Voices of Health remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr in encouraging racial and ethnic equality in health care. It seeks agencies and individuals who demonstrate the values Dr. King embodied, and Aetna's mission for accessible health care for all.
The competition was created in 2011 when $1,275,000 was contributed towards the building of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial in Washington, DC. 33 organizations were chosen as finalists and only two of them will be selected for first and second prize.
The Philadelphia Marathon partners with Students Run Philly Style, a charity program that uses running to encourage youth to lead positive and healthy lifestyles. In 2012, the Kids Fun Run hosted close to 300 children ages 6 to 14, and the children received goodie bags filled with jump ropes and athletic balls and enjoyed fruit at the finish of the race to encourage healthy living.
Additionally, the Kids Fun Zone at the Philadelphia Marathon Expo contains an obstacle course, dance and yoga activities in addition to sign making and other fun activities. The Expo is free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, November 15 and 16th.
Voting is open through October 13th. The first place award is $30,000, second place will receive $20,000. "We are thrilled to be named a finalist in Aetna's Voices of Health campaign," said Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Marathon. "The campaign provides a great opportunity to strengthen our engagement with the community while encouraging children to live healthy and active lives."
The Philadelphia Marathon continues its commitment to encourage healthy lifestyles.