This year $1 was donated from each Fargo Marathon Friday Night 5K registration. Friday Night 5K co-sponsors Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota and Discovery Benefits and the Dakota Medical Foundation matched donations to help provide shoes to local kids. Additional funds raised from the Run a Mile with Mark event and online donations helped push the total past $35,000.
The Shoes for Kids program donated 1,000 shoes to Fargo-Moorhead area elementary schools in both 2012 and 2013.
Like in years past, Fargo Marathon officials will deliver new Nike Pegasus running shoes to Fargo-Moorhead area elementary schools in late August.
As The Official Sponsor of Recess, we are proud to participate in the Shoes for Kids program. We believe that all children, regardless of their economic background, should have access to resources to help them get active. We support programs like this that help to remove barriers to help North Dakotans live healthier lifestyles.
Ryan Schuster is an editor in the Communications department at Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Dakota.