American Running Honors four laps under four.
Seventeen of the greatest milers in the world came together on May 26th to both honor the feat of Sir Roger Bannister and share stories among an elite gathering of men and women who had achieved greatness over the past 50 years. Some of the legends of ARA and AMAA were also present. Ron Lawrence, founder of AMAA and a key contributor to the evening's theme (Note: Ron and Sir Roger are both neurologists and became friends close to 30 years ago) came to D.C. from his seaside home in Malibu, California. The second President of ARA, Don Fraser, also came to the event from his home near Napa Valley.
The message of staying healthy and becoming fit through walking and running was clear when ARA presented the first American Running Youth Fitness Honor to an elementary school nurse, Rhonda Snyder. In her school in Dearborn, Michigan, Rhonda had instilled a commitment to a "healthy heart" as the reason to get all kids moving on a daily basis. She had managed to get over 75% of the school participating in two years. Half of these kids were special needs students with physical disabilities or mental retardation. No one was left on the sidelines on Rhonda's playing field.
In May 2004 we honored the greats in miler history. We also honored someone who is fighting the battle to keep our kids fit and deter obesity. Certainly a good battle for AMAA and ARA to fight together.
--Dave Watt, AMAA Executive Director
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|Title Annotation:||Front of the Pack|
|Date:||Jun 22, 2004|
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