Thousands hit the streets to battle childhood obesity

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Thousands of runners hit the streets Sunday for the 38th Annual Phoenix 10K Marathon and Half Marathon to battle childhood obesity.

“It's really important for our kids today to be healthy, a lot of kids don't get much activity and we just want to make sure we raise healthy kids,” said Paige Mollen.  

It was a huge family friendly event that weaved through the streets of downtown and central Phoenix.

Each year, something new is introduced.

“It's a great tradition of fitness, promoting community, it's awesome, this year we're adding another component and that's recycling, we want this to be a zero waste race,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.

For those of you needing a little nudge to participate in next year’s race, how about some tips from one of the greatest mile runners in American history, Steve Scott.

“My message is to just get started and start with a 5k and if you're doing anything at all it's better than doing nothing.”