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Claremont to Receive Healthy School Award

School had more than 200 students participate in fall run.

Claremont Immersion School will be honored Wednesday morning for its participation in the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Fun Run.

Claremont, at 4700 S. Chesterfield Road in South Arlington, is one of five Virginia schools to be honored with the Healthy Schools Award.

"The Healthy Kids Fun Run is consistently growing in participation as parents, schools and communities reinforce the importance of a healthy lifestyle and physical fitness among youth," Marine Corps Marathon Director Rick Nealis said in a news release. "The Healthy School Award recognizes the schools that have excelled in their efforts to encourage active kids."

The run was in late October in Arlington, and more than 3,000 students age 5 to 12 participated in the 2012 Healthy Kids Fun Run.

The five schools with the most students participating receive the award, plus a $1,000 donation to their physical education programs by Marine Corps Marathon partner Sodexo. The amount of money to be awarded was not immediately available Tuesday.

Claremont had 206 students participate. Three of the other schools being honored are in Alexandria; the fourth is in Springfield.

Wednesday morning's assembly at Claremont is slated to include appearances from marathon mascots Miles and Molly and U.S. Marines based in Quantico.

This article has been updated to include the amount of the cash award.

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