Sodexo Emphasizes the Importance of Childhood Health and Wellness Through Support of Marine Corps Marathon Kids Run

Sodexo, a company focused on Quality of Life, has proudly supported the MCM Kids Run since 2003
Oct 24, 2017 7:30 PM ET
Sodexo team members hand out bags with a healthy and nutritious lunch to young runners completing the 2017 Marine Corp Marathon Kids Run. Sodexo, a food service and facilities management company focused on Quality of Life, has proudly supported the MCM Kids Run since 2003.

GAITHERSBURG, Md., October 24, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Sodexo, world leader in Quality of Life Services and a partner to the United States Marine Corps, joined forces with that organization last weekend in support of its annual Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) Kids Run.  This event, a one-mile just-for-fun run for kids age 5-12, is an annual lead-up activity to the largest marathon in the world that doesn't offer prize money. Sodexo has sponsored the event since 2003.

The marathon brings together runners from all walks of life to participate in a patriotic race and a weekend of family-friendly activities. More than 3,600 kids participated in the MCM Kids Run this year, including students from Washington, D.C. metropolitan area schools that joined the run as part of the Healthy School Award challenge. The top five schools with the most registered student participants received the Healthy School Award, which includes a monetary donation to the schools’ physical education departments from Sodexo, the challenge’s sponsor.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the national recommendation is that children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years should have one hour or more of physical activity each day, but the President's Council on Fitness tells us that only one in three children are physically active every day.

“Lack of recommended activity contributes to childhood obesity, which then becomes a matter of national security when less people are fit enough to serve in the armed forces,” explained Deborah Roberts, CEO, Sodexo Government, North America.  “Sodexo sees an opportunity to fight childhood obesity by helping children to make healthier lifestyle choices, which is why we proudly support the MCM Kids Run and the Healthy School Award,” added Roberts.

As each child crossed the finish line, Sodexo provided a nutritious snack for the children to enjoy and then invited them to visit its activity tent. This popular post-race hangout featured a variety of activities focused on keeping kids' minds and bodies active, including:

  • Dance party with Xbox 360 interactive dance games
  • Refueling station, featuring bottled water & bananas
  • Health themed coloring sheets
  • Temporary tattoos & balloons
  • Kids fun table with healthy eating themed giveaways

Readiness and resilience are the heartbeat of the U.S. military. As a key partner, Sodexo measures the success of our solutions against their ability to contribute to these two key performance drivers.  We recognize that by enhancing the Quality of Life for armed services members, military families and the military community, we are helping our clients meet their objectives while also contributing to our national security.  Since 2002, Sodexo has improved the Quality of Life for Marines by providing foodservice management to all mess halls on United States Marine Corps bases throughout the continental U.S.

With more than 40 years of experience working municipal, state, federal and military clients, Sodexo's Government segment and its nearly 3,000 employees improve the Quality of Life for the people it serves at 150 military and U.S. Federal Government locations in 26 states. Headquartered in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, Sodexo provides a variety of integrated food and facilities management solutions and is the nation's largest federal foodservice contractor – serving 45.6 million meals annually with a focus on wellness and nutrition.


About Sodexo USA
Sodexo USA is an American business that is part of a global, Fortune 500 company with a presence in 80 countries. Delivering more than 100 services across North America that enhance organizational performance, contribute to local communities and improve quality of life, Sodexo is a leading provider of sustainable, integrated facilities management and food service operations. It employs 123,000 Americans at 12,500 sites across the country and indirectly supports tens of thousands of additional U.S. jobs through its annual purchases of $9.2 billion in goods and services from small to large American businesses. In support of local communities across the U.S., the Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation has contributed close to $30 million over the past 20 years to help feed children in America impacted by hunger.  To learn more about Sodexo, visit and connect with us on Facebook and @SodexoUSA on Twitter.