Local residents can now train for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon while helping fight childhood obesity.

Team Chances, the marathon and half marathon training and fundraising arm of Chances for Children - Arizona, has received exclusive race entries for the 2011 ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 6. Runners who train with Team Chances are guaranteed a spot in the marathon.

Find out more at an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 6 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.

In just four years Team Chances has given more than 2,000 kids in the Valley a "chance" at a healthier life and watched more than 600 members cross the finish line. The organization partners with schools to provide health and fitness education and events. Now, local runners can help the cause while fulfilling their dream of running the NYC Marathon.

The organization is hosting a contest, and the winner will get the final spot on the team. Write a short paragraph on why you want to run the marathon and help Chances for Children - Arizona.

To learn more about Chances for Children - Arizona or Team Chances, visit www. Teamchacnes.org or contact Susan Loken at (480) 558-6655.

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