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Marathon Project

Map80 Washington St., Suite 310
Poughkeepsie, NY
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  • Lifeline for At-Risk Kids

Best of Hudson Valley History

2008 Editors' Pick — Best Lifeline for At-Risk Kids

Additional Information:

Best of Hudson Valley Winners: 2008
County: Dutchess
Pick: Editors' Picks
About: About three years ago, Poughkeepsie resident Susanne O'Neil read about programs in Philadelphia and Los Angeles that use distance running to help steer inner city and other at-risk youth away from drugs, gangs, and other negative behavior. She felt a similar program could work in Dutchess County, and set out to make it happen. Today, the Marathon Project -- sponsored by the county's Council on Addiction Prevention and Education -- is training teens in Poughkeepsie, Beacon, and the town of Northeast to complete next month's Philadelphia Marathon or Half-Marathon. Along with adult mentors, the kids run three times a week for nearly eight months in order to go the distance -- building character, confidence, and fitness along the way.
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