Jared Fogle ‘The Subway Guy’ to join the Bellin Run

05/25/2010

GREEN BAY — Jared Fogle – the man made famous after losing weight by eating Subway sandwiches – is the latest celebrity to share plans to join the Bellin Run.

Fogle joins local celebs Kristin Steede and Cathy Skell of “The Biggest Loser: Couples” as nationally-known celebrities that have shared plans to participate in the 34th annual Bellin Run scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, June 12.

Fogle first gained national recognition in 2000 after losing 245 pounds by eating Subway sandwiches for lunch and dinner every day.

Bellin Run executive race director Randy Van Straten says the inclusion of celebrities like Fogle in the annual event makes it a more unique and enjoyable event for all who participate, volunteer or spectate.

“It becomes a more memorable and exciting event when someone like Jared happens to run past you, or you run past him, during your Bellin Run experience,” he said. “That’s something that’ll keep you taking about the day’s events long after you cross the finish line. And in the larger scheme of things, it’s all part of what we hope will be a positive experience for all of our participants.”

Fogle will visit THRIVE students within the Green Bay Area School District – Kennedy, Chappell and Lincoln elementary students – and give presentations on health, nutrition and fitness. He also will address students, parents and school staff at a noon-1:30 p.m. event on Friday, June 11, at Southwest High School. About 1,500 students have been invited. Fogle also will visit Bellin Run Corporate Challenge participant LaForce, Inc.

Fogle is dedicated to issues surrounding childhood obesity and has developed the Jared Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eliminating childhood obesity and encouraging children to adopt life-long healthy eating and physical exercise habits. The foundation strives to educate children, parents and caregivers about the importance of a balanced meal plan and regular physical exercise, as well as encourage children, support families and motivate communities to become involved and take action.

“Having Jared – and Kristin and Cathy – take part in the Bellin Run really helps our efforts to emphasize among our participants the importance of healthier living and fitness,” said Van Straten. “The Bellin Run is a fun event, but training and preparing for it has positive effects for our overall healthiness. We’re glad that Jared will help us spread that message through his firsthand knowledge of fitness, nutrition and health.”

The Bellin Run drew 16,746 registrants in 2009. It was the fifth consecutive year the event saw record registration numbers. This year, race organizers have planned to welcome at least 17,000 registrants. As of Friday, May 21, there were 11,454 people registered for this year’s Bellin Run.

“We’re not actively growing the Bellin Run,” Van Straten said. “But given our recent growth trends, we’re prepared, at a minimum, to cater to 17,000 participants.”

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About Subway
Subway offers a great-tasting, healthier alternative to fast food as well as a tasty way to meet your goals. Whether it is weight maintenance or weight loss, Subway is a great option to individuals aspiring to live a healthier lifestyle and now you can build a better breakfast. As with the entire Subway menu, all breakfast sandwiches are made to order, right in front of the customer and can be customized to include all available condiments and fresh vegetables. While customers build their better breakfast at Subway restaurants, the full menu will also be available.

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About the Bellin Run
The Bellin Run, a 10K (6.2 mile) run/walk in Green Bay, Wis., is among the 10 largest 10K races in the nation with 16,746 registrants. Established in 1977, the Bellin Run features elite runners, a children’s run, Corporate Challenge, running expo, all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner and a number of other events and activities for runners and their families.
 
This year’s 34th annual Bellin Run is June 12.  For more information, or to register, visit www.bellinrun.com.