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Fitness activity aims at raising funds for school PE program

Posted: August 24, 2012 5:52 p.m.
Updated: August 24, 2012 5:52 p.m.
 

“It was my son’s idea,” said Heather Fleebe.

After watching an obese parent who was unable to play with her child, 11-year-old Cade Flebbe listed all the causes he wanted to raise money for: obesity, heart disease, diabetes, cancer.

The list was endless, and this Rio Norte seventh grader was not satisfied.

“He wants to change the world,” said Heather Flebbe.

“I have a lot of good ideas, and my mom finally said let’s actually do one of my ideas,” said Cade Flebbe.

Harnessing the young activist’s ideas and goals, Cade Flebbe and his parents decided to fight obesity in their corner of the world.

“Obesity is the one that causes all of these other diseases,” said Cade Flebbe.

The youngster’s first chance to change the world begins Saturday at 8 a.m. with the first ever Fit Du, a duathlon fundraising event to purchase $1,500 of physical education equipment for Santa Clarita Valley International Charter School in Castaic.

At West Creek Park in Valencia, the event will include two duathlons, a scooter dash, raffles, prizes from local sponsors, performances and food.

The event is hosted by Heather and Cade Flebbe and their two partners, who make up the obesity-fighting company Fit Principle.

“We really have put together one of the most fun events in Santa Clarita,” said Heather Flebbe.

A duathlon is a three-legged athletic event composed of a run, followed by biking, and then another run.

The first four-mile duathlon is geared toward younger kids, beginning athletes and parent-child teams. Older kids and more advanced athletes are encouraged to participate in the eight-mile duathlon, and the scooter dash is for athletes of all ages and levels.

All participants will have a shot at the inflatable obstacle course at the finish line. Cade Flebbe helped design the kid-inspired course by adding an army crawl and water guns to “get them running,” said he said.

Performances include kid band Lock Down ‘70s-style music, duet singers and Studio 1 dance performances.

With an extensive list of local sponsors, Fit Principle has seen significant support from local businesses and community members.

Fit Principle’s grand plan is a districtwide competition in which students would participate in a physical fitness incentive program all year long. The program would culminate in an annual event in which the most widely represented school wins a Fit Du trophy and grand prize donation.

During his motivational speech Saturday morning, Cade will ask participants to raise their hands if they know victims of obesity-related diseases. “I want to see a day when nobody raises their hands,” he said.

 

 

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