Junior Monumental Milers Program

On Friday, the National Marathon, Greater Washington Sports Alliance, D.C. Parks and Recreation and other supporting sponsors hosted a Kick-Off event for the the Junior Monumental Milers Program (JuMMP) at Kennilworth Parkside in Anacostia.

JuMMP promotes youth health and fitness in the District. Participants will complete the equivalent of a marathon, 26.2 miles over the course of 17 weeks to promote the daily habit of running for fitness and good health. Hundreds of area youth took part in the day’s activities as Mayor Adrian Fenty, Councilmembers Harry Thomas Jr. and Yvette Alexander, D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation Director Clark Ray and Greater Washington Sports Alliance President, Robert Sweeney and GWSA Chair, Fernando Murias gave supporting remarks.

A highlight of the day was seeing the children’s excitement… and the running of the first lap!