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District Chief and AMBE Students Run in the Ottawa Marathon

 

AMBE students were among 1291 youth who participated in the kid's marathon. Chief Thompsons hopes to get more Akwesasne children involved in running. Facebook photo.

Dedicated runners from the Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education boarded early morning buses bound for Ottawa to compete in the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. District Chief Troy Thompson has inspired the young AMBE runners who have been training for months to take part in the Scotiabank Ottawa Kids Marathon, a 1.2K Sprint.

Two AMBE runners, Wallace Cree and Sloane Thompson along with Chief Troy Thompson after completing the Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon. Facebook photo.

Thompson has participated in several marathons this year and with each step he takes, it brings Running vs. Childhood Obesity closer to raising $10,000 for the youth of Akwesasne.

Thompson stated, "These are our future leaders, our future doctors, Olympic athletes. All of their goals are going to be crushed if they're battling child obesity, which leads to diabetes, which can lead to heart disease ... depression, joint pain, anxiety."

According to Health Canada, at least thirty per cent of Canadian youth between the ages of five and seventeen are obese and the rates among the native population are higher; including 48% in children aged three to five and 41% from six to eight years old. Thompson aims to get kids moving, keep them active.

 

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