MIAMI, Dec. 18, 2018— Over the past 17 years, the Miami Marathon and Half Marathon has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for more than 70 different charity organizations. This January 27, one of Life Time’s signature events returns with the mission of raising funds for children to live healthy, happy lives through the Life Time Foundation, which works with schools across the nation to remove highly-processed foods in favor of real, wholesome alternatives.
The Life Time Foundation is committed to keeping all funds raised at the marathon in the Miami/South Florida community, which currently has the 13th highest metropolitan obesity rate for youths aged 10 to 17. Having already positively impacted 544 schools, serving 310,000 children more than 44 million meals, the Life Time Foundation will have a large presence at the 2019 Fitbit Miami Marathon to raise awareness and funds to continue to accelerate this necessary healthy change in school food.
Athletes and other participants can contribute by joining the Life Time Foundation Team by donating personally or raising money through peer-to-peer fundraising. Commit to fundraising $1,200 (Full Marathon) or $750 (Half Marathon) and receive access to the VIP Race Experience which includes exciting perks catered to runners such as massage recovery, breakfast & lunch, plus a VIP bar at the finish line in addition to feeling good about supporting healthy meals in schools. Participants who are already registered may also commit to fundraise $500 on behalf of the Life Time Foundation to receive VIP access. Other activations include a VIP cocktail party and vegetable mascots that will run for the cause.
Click here to set up your fundraiser and for more information including a full list of benefits included in the VIP Race Experience Charity Slot Fundraising Package. 100 percent of funds raised will support the Life Time Foundation mission to help children in the Miami/South Florida community.
Bahram Akradi, Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Life Time, Inc., first started the Life Time Foundation, a public charity, because he saw a gap in children’s nutrition. He says, “I believe that school food should feed children’s brains and bodies, and truly believe that if we can help schools bridge the gap and prepare cleaner meals, we’re investing in a healthier, happier next generation which will pay major dividends.”
By partnering with school districts, the Life Time Foundation works with food service professionals to eliminate highly processed and artificial foods in favor of wholesome, real food alternatives, while providing financial assistance for needs such as capital equipment, staff training and marketing and education. These ingredients of concern include:
- Trans Fats & Hydrogenated Oils
- High-Fructose Corn Syrup
- Hormones & Antibiotics
- Processed & Artificial Sweeteners
- Artificial Colors & Flavors
- Artificial Preservatives
- Bleached Flour
The Fitbit Miami Marathon is owned and produced by Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand. It is among more than 30 premier athletic events owned by the company, including the New York City Triathlon, the Chicago Triathlon, the Leadville Race Series and most recently the Dirty Kanza.
About Life Time®—Healthy Way of Life
Life Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across its 140 destinations in 39 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the premier healthy lifestyle brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience and provides a comprehensive healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life for individuals, couples and families of all ages. For more information visit, www.lifetime.life.
About Life Time FoundationSM
As a public charity created by Life Time®, the Life Time FoundationSM is on a mission to help children live healthy, happy lives by working with schools across the nation to eliminate highly processed and artificial foods in favor of wholesome, real food alternatives. Unlike many other charitable organizations in which a portion of donations is consumed by administrative costs, 100% of every dollar donated to the Life Time Foundation directly supports its mission because all administrative costs are contributed by Life Time, Inc. For more information, visit www.ltfoundation.org.