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Do students at your school walk or run?
Those miles belong in the Billion Mile Race. Perhaps your students walk and run throughout the year as part of a regular program. Those miles belong in the Race. Does your school participate in a walk-a-thon or 5K? Tally them up and put them in. What about walk-to-school? Those count too. You get the picture. Not running but want to get started? You've landed in the right place. We've got you covered.
We know that thousands of schools have experienced the benefits of adding walking and running to the school day. Active kids simply do better - better in the classroom, better attendance, better health and fitness. We want thousands of more schools to experience the same. That's why we are uniting the efforts of schools across the nation to walk and run one billion miles. Yep, that's right, billion with a 'b'.
Joining the Billion Mile Race is simple:
  1. Activate Your School & Unlock Your Custom Profile - As a teacher, administrator or parent, register on behalf of your school. This will unlock your school profile for the world to see. It's where you'll log miles, set goals, and track progress. Hesitant to take on the job of managing your school's profile? Don't sweat it. You may add as many profile administrators as you like.
  2. Get Students Running & Walking More - If your students are already running and walking, hats off. Try setting an ambitious school goal to go bigger in 2016/17. If you're new to the game, get creative. Build in opportunities to walk and run where you can - during downtime before the bell, at recess, between classes. Every school is different. Find a rhythm that works for yours.
  3. Post Miles - Tally miles your students collectively walk and run and post to your profile. Set a target to post once a week or even once a day. Make adding miles a moment to celebrate! Bit by bit, mile by mile, we'll watch the ticker climb towards a billion. 
The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is hosted by Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity180 at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition. Generous support is provided by our title sponsor, the New Balance Foundation.



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The Friedman School is a rare blend of nutrition scholarship and policy expertise. As the only school of nutrition in North America, it is a leader in science, education, and public policy aimed at improving the health of people and communities worldwide. The school's unique range of expertise include bench science, agricultural and food policy, community interventions, and humanitarian assistance. Faculty include biomedical scientists, economists, epidemiologists, nutritionists, physicians and political scientists - all working together to address large and complex issues across the globe.



New Balance Foundation is the title sponsor of the New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race. A longtime funder of childhood obesity prevention, New Balance Foundation has committed more than $60M to its local communities in the past 12 years. Building on a long-standing relationship with Tufts University, New Balance Foundation and ASAP have now teamed up to get kids moving in schools across the country, collectively walking or running a billion miles. This collaboration aligns well with the launch of NB SparkStart, a New Balance and New Balance Foundation global initiative aimed at improving the health, well-being and self-esteem of children through movement. Through grants, global volunteerism, associate engagement, NB athlete involvement, product donations, retail events and consumer engagement, NB SparkStart will inspire children around the world to discover and nurture their movement spark. The Active Schools Acceleration Project is proud to be supported by New Balance Foundation.


Active Schools is the national solution to ensure 60 minutes of physical activity a day is the new norm for K-12 schools. The Active Schools collaborative of leading health, education and private sector organizations works together to transform the physical activity and physical education culture in America’s schools. By streamlining the selection of programs, resources, professional development and funding opportunities and delivering each school a customized Action Plan, Active Schools results in children moving for the nationally-recommended 60 minutes a day. ChildObesity180 is a key partner in the Active Schools collaborative.


Inspired By

The New Balance Foundation Billion Mile Race is inspired by 100 Mile Club, a school-based running program that challenges students to run or walk 100 miles in a single school year. Founded in a single classroom over 20 years ago by California teacher Kara Lubin, 100 Mile Club’s intrinsic appeal and simple design has led to its adoption by nearly 1,000 schools in all 50 states and four countries.

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Produced By

Active Schools Acceleration Project (ASAP), an initiative of ChildObesity, is dedicated to improving quality physical activity in schools to help achieve all the health, behavioral, and academic outcomes that follow. ASAP is also supported by The Boston Foundation, The Winebaum Family Charitable Trust, and Withings, Inc., as well as through our strategic funding partners, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the JPB Foundation.


ChildObesity180, an organization at Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition, uses evidence-based research, multi-sector leadership and an integrated portfolio of initiatives that together accelerate systemic change to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic.

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