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RunJumpThrow Experience Coming to SC, NC

22 Sep, 2014


Joyner-Kersee, Team USA Athletes to Lead the SUBWAY® Fit for Life Challenge

Olympic legend and Hall of Famer Jackie Joyner-Kersee highlights an impressive group of Team USA athletes who will conduct USA Track & Field’s RunJumpThrow Experience events as part of the SUBWAY Fit for Life Challenge, USATF announced Monday. 

Joyner-Kersee will lead a RunJumpThrow Experience event in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on November 24, the last of four RJT Experience events being conducted by USATF as part of its local partnership with SUBWAY restaurants. USATF also will conduct events Nov. 18 in Charlotte, N.C.; Nov. 19 in Asheville, N.C.; and Nov. 21 in Columbia, S.C. RunJumpThrow is a hands-on learning program that gets kids excited about physical activity by introducing them to the basic running, jumping and throwing skills through track and field.

Olympic silver medalist and media sensation Manteo Mitchell, a native of North Carolina, will take part in all four events. Other USATF stars participating include Olympic gold medalist and South Carolina graduate Natasha Hastings; former world champion and St. Augustine College alumnus Bershawn Jackson; former Bowerman Award winner and Clemson, S.C. resident Queen Harrison; national champion and Coastal Carolina grad Amber Campbell; and national champion and N.C. native Kristi Castlin.

USA Track & Field is partnering this fall with local SUBWAY® restaurants in parts of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, encouraging kids to get active and stay healthy through the SUBWAY® “Fit for Life Challenge” program.

Aimed at elementary and middle-school students, the Fit For Life Challenge promotes healthy habits during a two-week challenge taking place in October, dubbed “Fit-tober.” Registration is open through Sept. 17 for schools to receive free materials related to the program, including activity tips from USA Track & Field and RunJumpThrow, USATF’s flagship youth activity partnership with The Hershey Company.

More than 50,000 children in the region took the Fit For Life Challenge in 2013. This year, select students at schools participating in the challenge will have the opportunity to attend special “RunJumpThrow Experience” events, presented by USATF throughout the region.

Fit for Life Challenge/RunJumpThrow Experience athlete schedule (subject to change)

Charlotte, N.C., Nov. 18: Olympic silver medalist and N.C. native Manteo Mitchell; national champion and N.C. native Kristi Castlin; 2005 world champion and St. Augustine alumnus Bershawn Jackson

Asheville, N.C., Nov. 19: Olympic silver medalist and N.C. native Manteo Mitchell; world-champion and St. Augustine alumnus Bershawn Jackson

Columbia, S.C, Nov. 21: Olympic gold medalist and South Carolina graduate Natasha Hastings; Olympic silver medalist and N.C. native Manteo Mitchell; Olympian, 2010 Bowerman Award winner and Clemson, S.C. resident Queen Harrison

Myrtle Beach, S.C., Nov. 24: Olympic legend, world record holder and Hall of Famer Jackie Joyner-Kersee; Olympic silver medalist and N.C. native Manteo Mitchell; Olympian, national champion and Coastal Carolina grad Amber Campbell; Olympian, 2010 Bowerman Award winner and Clemson, S.C. resident Queen Harrison

Schools can register for the SUBWAY® Fit for Life Challenge online at www.gofitforlife.com

For more information on RunJumpThrow, visit www.usatf.org/runjumpthrow

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