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We Run This City: Impact of a Community–School Fitness Program on Obesity, Health, and Fitness


Total distance walked, jogged, or run (training dosage) by students followed over the 12- to 14-week training period for the We Run This City Youth Marathon Program, Cleveland, Ohio, 2009–2012. Students participated in a segment of 1.2 miles, 6.2 miles (10K), or 13.1 miles (half marathon). Body mass index (BMI) was based on BMI-for-age growth charts (normal weight, <85th percentile; overweight, 85th–94th percentile; obese, ≥95th percentile [https://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/assessing/bmi/childrens_bmi/about_childrens_bmi.html]).

Category Training Dosage
<15 miles 15–24 miles ≥25 miles P Value
Total 24.1 28.8 47.1 Not applicable
1.2 miles 26.5 34.6 38.9 .001
10K/Half marathon 14.2 5.1 80.7
Male 21.7 30.1 48.3 .170
Female 27.0 27.3 45.7
Normal weight 23.2 27.7 49.0 .051
Overweight 20.1 32.3 47.6
Obese 33.6 27.5 38.9

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