CLEVELAND -- This Sunday, Cleveland Rite Aid marathon and 10K runners will be joined by 683 students from 37 Cleveland public schools.
We Run This City is a collaboration between the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and Case Western Reserve University's Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
Students from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are taught how to set and achieve goals as they prepare to run in the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon on Sunday.
The program is open to 6-12th grade students. One of them will be running the full marathon. Twenty-six will run the half marathon, 136 will complete in the 10K and the rest will run the last 1.2 miles of the race.
The cheering station for families and supporters will be located at St. Clair Avenue and East Ninth Street. The best time to see the majority of the kids will be from noon - 1:15 p.m.
See road closures for Sunday's race
The program started in 2006 and organizers say it's not only teaching kids determination, but also helping some overweight and obese students get their health in check.
Tara Taylor, of the Cleveland YMCA, says each child goes through a pre-race evaluation at the beginning of the year.
She says, on average, 22 percent are found to have high blood pressure. By the end of the year, it drops to 5 percent.
The program needs volunteers, funding, and gently used running clothing. Click HERE for more information.