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Fox Chapel Area students plan to make 3K race an annual event

Jan Pakler | for The Herald
Cooling down after the 3K walk and run at Hartwood Acres are, from left, Fox Chapel seniors Mary Kate Noonan, Josie Albrecht and Katie Stevenson.

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Students organizers of a 3K walk and run at Hartwood Acres hope to make the fundraiser an annual event.

The Fox Chapel Area Fitness and Nutrition Club raised about $1,000 for Let's Move Pittsburgh with the event on Saturday.

Anandhini Narayanan, co-president of the student-run club, said members were pleased with their first event. She estimated between 200 and 250 people attended.

“It was a great starting point,” Narayanan said.

Narayanan, along with co-president Sarah Schachner and officers Emily Thomas and John Zottola, decided on the walk and run event because it appealed to younger children and helped them develop healthful living habits.

“It really helps when children are getting active at a younger age because they stick to that habit,” Narayanan said.

Hannah Hardy, director of programming and operations for Let's Move Pittsburgh, said it was great for children to step up and organize an event for the group. The organization was modeled after First Lady Michelle Obama's campaign to promote a healthy lifestyle for children.

The students did most of the work to create the program, Hardy said, with Let's Move Pittsburgh helping with some promotion.

“I just think to have students be delivering our message is exactly what we want to have happen,” Hardy said.

Narayanan said the four juniors hope to continue the event next year and include more people.

“We're all hoping to make it an annual thing,” Narayanan said. “Maybe not just our Fox Chapel community but outreach to all of Pittsburgh if possible.”

Tom McGee is an associate editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-856-7400, ext. 1513, or tmcgee@tribweb.com.

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