Local residents can now train for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon while helping fight childhood obesity.

Team Chances, the marathon training and fundraising arm of Chances for Children-Arizona, has received exclusive race entries for the 2012 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 4. Runners who train with Team Chances are guaranteed a spot in the marathon.

Find out more at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. May 15 at The BAR Fitness, 4425 E. Agave Road, Suite 100, in Ahwatukee Foothills.

Chances for Children–Arizona is a nonprofit that gives at-risk kids an opportunity for a positive change through health and fitness.

The organization has a limited number of entries into the marathon, but everyone has a chance to join. Entry in the marathon is otherwise very competitive.

Only about 30,000 to 40,000 of the more than 100,000 runners who apply receive entry each year.

Each member must raise $5,000, but several group fundraisers and one-on-one support will make it easy. Members receive race entry, airfare, hotel accommodations, strength training classes at The BAR Fitness, weekly group runs, a team shirt, one-on-one coaching for personal goals, a weekly training plan, pre-race pasta party and more.

Other benefits include clinics on topics like nutrition, training, racing strategy and injury prevention, and discounts at Sole Sports Running Zone.

To learn more, visit www.teamchances.org or contact Susan Loken at (480) 558-6655 or susan@chancesforchildrenaz.com.

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