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STUDENT RUNNERS DONATE MEDALS TO RILEY HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN AT IU HEALTH

IPS 109 STUDENTS GIVE THEIR 5K FINISHER'S MEDAL TO PEDIATRIC PATIENTS

WHAT: Finisher medals to be donated to patients during hospital's St. Patrick's Day party
WHEN: Mon., March 17, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
WHERE: Simon Family Tower Lobby, Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health, 705 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46202

March 17, 2014 - INDIANAPOLIS - The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) and Medals4Mettle will present participant medals and handwritten letters of encouragement to patients at Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health on behalf of participants of the IMM's Monumental Kids Movement.

In the fall of 2013, the inaugural Monumental Kids Movement - a 9-week youth running program - took place in 16 public elementary schools from throughout the city. All participating students, (grades K - 8, with a 75 percent attendance) in Monumental Kids Movement earned a free entry into the IMM 5k race on Sat. Nov. 2, 2013; all who ran received finisher medals. Medals4Mettle provides an opportunity for endurance athletes to donate their medals to patients fighting debilitating illnesses, and it collected 23 medals from students at Jonathan Jennings IPS School 109.

The donation of medals and letters is a voluntary component of Monumental Kids Movement. The finishers' medals are the most coveted item for the participants. Students are seen wearing them proudly as they walk school hallways in the weeks following the event.

"Indianapolis Public Schools is about building cultural imperatives and the students at Jonathan Jennings School 109 demonstrated this by donating the medals to the kids at Riley," said Kathy Langdon, IPS District Health & Wellness Facilitator. "Our students get to run and fulfill a dream of crossing a finish line. At the same time, they recognize that there are kids in the hospital who are fighting for their lives, with unimaginable strength and endurance. We hope these medals bring smiles to their faces. These patients are the true winners in our minds."

Partnering with Medals4Mettle brought the opportunity for IMM to add a philanthropic component to the curriculum. Monumental Kids Movement is focused on two main goals: educating students on healthy living and engaging young people in intentional community service.

Medals 4 Mettle was founded in 2005 by Indianapolis physician Steven Isenberg and has grown to dozens of chapters around the globe.

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The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon (IMM) provides the Indianapolis community with a complement of activities built around our premiere event that promotes healthy living & fitness for all ages (both runners and walkers.) The mission of the IMM, a 501(c)3 is to combat childhood obesity. IMM gives back to the Indianapolis community by supporting youth programming that reinforces healthy lifestyles for young people, with an emphasis on working with urban students and Indianapolis Public Schools. The Indianapolis Monumental Marathon was recently named one of the top nine marathons in the U.S. by Runners' World.
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