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How The “Heart & Soles” Of The Community Is Boosting Local Youth Health And Wellness

How the “Heart & Soles” of the Community is Boosting Local Youth Health and Wellness

Since 2014, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education have teamed up to produce the Lam Research Heart & Soles Run, a 6K and 10K run through Historic Santa Clara University and inside Earthquakes Stadium to improve and benefit children’s health and wellness.

The beneficiaries of the event are organizations that create safe places on-campus and off-campus where kids can play and learn. School-based physical education, recess, and extracurricular physical activity all build healthy habits that improve health and academic performance. When coupled with developmental curriculum, physical education can hone social skills and build emotional intelligence.

In the six years since its founding, the run has raised over $850,000 for its benefiting organizations. This year’s fundraising goal is to raise $100,000 for Silicon Valley Leadership Foundation beneficiaries. In its first three years, the Heart and Soles Run contributed salad bars to more than 192 local schools, providing nutritious meals to approximately 150,000 school children.

Beneficiaries

This year’s 49ers inspired race shirt and finisher medal:

Heart and Soles Race Day Timeline – Saturday, March 28, 2020

Location: Santa Clara University’s Franklin Mall, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

6:30 AM – On-Site Registration, Bib Pick-up opens

7:30 AM – Stage activities start

8:00 AM – 6K and 10K starts

8:45 AM – Activities on main stage

9:00 AM – Last participant through Earthquakes Stadium

9:30 AM – Awards Distributed from main Stage

9:30 AM – Kids Fun Run

10:30 AM – Event over (all roads re-opened)

For the emotional and physical well-being of our children, we need to create more opportunities for kids to play and exercise in safe environments–at schools, parks, community centers, and in their own homes. Get on the run to support health and fitness at the Lam Research Heart & Soles Run.

– Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation | March 5, 2020

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