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The Eagles partnered with William B. Kelley School for a day of fun, fitness and nutrition. — SUBMITTED PHOTO

It’s important for youngsters to exercise and stay in good physical condition. Studies have indicated that physical activity among children improves school attendance, enhances academic performance and helps in the development of essential interpersonal skills.

The students and faculty of William D. Kelley Public School were invited by the Philadelphia Eagles and the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association to attend a special “Fuel Up to Play 60” kick-off celebration in Lincoln Financial Field’s Panasonic Club from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. In an effort to promote 60 minutes of exercise a day, students participated in a healthy eating activity with a Eagles player, Eagles cheerleaders and mascot, SWOOP.

In addition, the school received a “Fuel Up to Play 60” Philadelphia Eagles Hometown Grant of $10,000 from the NFL and Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association for taking part in the initiative. The school will use the funds to improve its healthy eating and physical activity programs.

The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend Nov. 21-23

It looks like a big weekend for a lot of long distance runners in the city. The Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend will take place on Friday, Nov. 21 to Sunday, Nov. 23.

The three-day event will have runners from all 50 states and over 45 countries. Desiree Peterkin-Bell serves as the race director for the Philadelphia Marathon, which celebrates its 21st anniversary. This is a busy time for Peterkin-Bell who also serves the City of Philadelphia and the administration of Mayor Michael Nutter in two appointed positions: director of communications and strategy and city representative. She has organized a number of activities for the marathon over the next three days.

“This is our 21st year,” said Peterkin-Bell, who was a Division III track and field All-American at Swarthmore College. “I’m very excited about serving as my second year as race director. We’ve partnered with Gore-Tex as our sponsor. This is the first time the marathon has a title sponsor.

“We’ve grown these races from 1,500 folks in ‘94 to over 30,000 participants in three races and 60,000 spectators. It’s a USTAF sanction race. We have elite runners, but what makes our marathon unique and special is just as we have unique runners we have runners who are running for the love of running.”

--There will be a Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, Nov. 21 from Noon to 9 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 22. The expo will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F. Entry is free and open to the public. The expo has several activities, vendors and seminars.

On Saturday, the Rothman Institute 8K will begin at 7:30 a.m. 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Museum of Art 3,000 participants kick-off Race Weekend’s running events.

There will be onsite registration on Saturday for the Kids Fun Run at 9 a.m. The race will start at 10:30 a.m.at 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, near the Philadelphia Art Museum. The Kids Fun is for youngsters 6-12 and is non-competitive and promotes health and fitness.

On Sunday, Nov. 23 there will be the marathon and half marathon. The wheelchair and handcycle competitions start at 6:57 a.m. At 7 a.m. the competition for the runners begin at 22nd Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The marathon is 26.2 miles.

The Finisher Festival will take place at Aviator Park, 20th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The festival includes a family meeting area, food trucks, a music stage, kids area, official merchandise tents and more.

The event has attracted plenty of interest in the inner city among various youth organizations.

“Black Girls RUN! are a part of our marathon,” Peterkin-Bell said. “They’re one of our charities. They’re young people who are using running to impact their daily lives in a positive way. I think people get involved with running for various reasons. It could be competition or an impetus to make some changes in their lives or to augment their lives.”

Kenneth Harper finalist for Freddie Solomon Award

Temple’s senior running back Kenneth Harper is one of three national finalists for The Freddie Solomon Spirit Award honoring a collegiate football player from the states of Florida or South Carolina who has impacted the lives of others through giving and community service.

The award will be presented at The 5th Annual Player of College Football charitable awards dinner on Dec. 10 at the InterContinental Hotel in Tampa, Fla. Harper will be joined by the other two finalists: quarterback Dylan Thompson of the University of South Carolina and fullback Jordan Garside of Wake Forest.

dhunt@phillytrib.com

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