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Two famous ice guys will trade their skates for running shoes at NYC Marathon

Posted Sep 28 2009 10:01pm


NEW YORK, Sept. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Former Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen and National Hockey League (NHL) legend Pat LaFontaine will each trade in their skates for a pair of orange laces and running shoes as they take on their next athletic challenge -- the 2009 ING New York City Marathon. On Sunday, November 1, 2009, Jansen and LaFontaine will partner with financial services leader ING as they participate in the 40th running of this premiere distance race. The two will be serving as ambassadors for the ING Run For Something Better, a national initiative that promotes youth fitness and provides grants and funding to school-based running programs across the country.

During the marathon, Jansen and LaFontaine will each wear a pair of ING' s signature orange shoelaces. Orange laces are given to those who make a charitable donation of $10 or more to the ING Run For Something Better cause. ING' s orange laces are available at The two champions will also raise money for the program through fundraising websites. Fans can support their efforts by visiting

"As an elite speed skater, it was necessary for me to develop good fitness habits early in life. Starting off on the right foot as a child makes it much easier to lead a healthy lifestyle as an adult," said Jansen. "By participating in the ING Run For Something Better program and running the marathon, I hope to encourage young people across the country to learn about the importance of physical activity and the benefits of setting their own health and fitness goals."

"Not every child is going to become a professional athlete - but they can take the right steps toward leading a healthy life," noted LaFontaine. "My parents and I always focused on proper exercise, training, and nutrition so that I could be as successful as possible. Today, these things are still very important to me. I' m excited to be partnering with ING and supporting the ING Run For Something Better so that other kids can learn these same values."

Dan and Pat' s training and involvement in the ING Run For Something Better can be followed on Twitter at as well as by visiting a newly launched ING Facebook page (search "ING Run For Something Better" on Facebook).

"We' re thrilled to have Dan and Pat join our team as they participate in this year' s ING New York City Marathon. Not only are these two men fantastic athletes, but they serve as incredible role models for young people everywhere," said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING Foundation and senior vice president, Office of Corporate Responsibility and Multicultural Affairs. "The ING Run For Something Better program is all about teaching our children the benefits of being healthy and fit, and the dedication it takes to setting and achieving goals in life. The support we get from Dan and Pat will help us continue spreading this positive message."

Childhood obesity has become a serious health concern in the United States. Educating kids about the importance of living an active and healthy life is the cornerstone of the ING Run For Something Better.

Since 2003, over 50,000 children have participated in ING Run For Something Better programs across the country. Children in these programs have reached a milestone of running more than 1.5 million miles. Nationally, ING has committed over $2.5 million to fund grants and school-based running programs through the ING Run For Something Better.

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