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Olympic athletes challenging middle school students to get fit

Two Olympic athletes are lending their time and talent to encourage some Lexington students to get fit.

Today, sprinter Tyson Gay and diver Micki King are visiting Beaumont Middle School, and Winburn Middle School, to talk with students about a new program to get them move active.

Both athletes have Lexington ties. They visited Beaumont Monday morning, and will visit Winburn Monday afternoon, for the unveiling of a new program meant to keep children fit and fight childhood obesity.

It's called "World Fit... Olympians For Worldwide Fitness."

15 schools nationwide, including Beaumont and Winburn, are taking part in the program.

Starting after Spring Break, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders will be walking at least 40 minutes a day, without missing class.

The students will be logging their miles, with a goal of walking the distance from Lexington to London, England, the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Gay attended Winburn Middle School growing up. He's currently training for the 2012 Olympics.

King won a gold medal in diving in 1972.

The Lexington Rotary Club covered the cost of bringing Gay back to Lexington for the program's kickoff.


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