Dr Pat Hogan is the Pied Piper of Running the Mile

Thu, 7 June 2012 - 6:36 p.m. MT
Credit: Dave Watt - American Running Association

“Enthusiasm was the operative term today”, said National Run A Mile Days host and organizer Dr Pat Hogan.  It was Hogan’s own enthusiasm towards the American Running Association’s (ARA) grassroots campaign to get more boys and girls active through running that was the key to the Mile Days success.   “Our youth are growing up less active and more sedentary than the previous two generations.  We as physicians and community leaders need to put our own feet forward and  lead kids forward with things as simple as running a mile”,  added Dr Hogan.

The “NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS” focus is intended to get more children motivated and enthused to run; not just to run the mile but to kickstart a fitness plan.  This year in Gig Harbor and neighboring school districts near Tacoma, Dr Pat Hogan enlisted a veteran PE teacher to add eight middle schools.  All told over 8500 girls and boys in the Gig Harbor – Peninsula School District ran the mile during the week of May 6 – 12.   Simply said, when Dr Pat Hogan got one group running the mile at one school, all others followed, just like the Pied Piper.

“Dr Hogan’s team in the Peninsula Region of Gig Harbor Washington have grown into our single larges host community in the Nation”, said ARA’s Executive Director Dave Watt.   Pat started his campaign for improved fitness in his medical practice and fully embraced the American Running’s call for leaders across the U.S. to help us get more kids running the mile”, added Watt. 

See the video on the Gig Harbor and Peninsula Area in Washington:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=tAb5aOIXkKA

“Running the Mile should be the measure of fitness for all youth”, continued ARA’s Watt.  Dr Pat Hogan and the youth of Gig Harbor and Tacoma Washington showed it.  All it took was a committed local neurologist named Hogan and the kids followed his call to run.

The NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAYS™ is produced by the Bethesda, MD - based American Running Association (ARA).   “We want adults, parents, and kids to see the fun in running the mile.  It is a perfect event to entice more kids into running,” said Dave Watt of ARA...  All event proceeds help produce this national track event and ARA’s free youth walk-run training programs.  ARA is a nonprofit organization founded in 1968 to promote healthy living and active lifestyles among all Americans. It is dedicated to supporting runners through education and specialized programs, as well as encouraging all individuals from youths to adults to run and be fit.  For more information about the ARA or to learn more about the Walk and Run programs, visit www.americanrunning.org

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