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October 8, 2012
Golden Apple: Runnin' for Rhett gets kids moving

Rhettrace.JPGGOLDEN APPLE AWARD: This week's Golden Apple award goes to Runnin' for Rhett, an Elk Grove nonprofit that runs a youth fitness program at 24 local schools.

Runnin' for Rhett was formed in honor of Rhett Seevers, who was born with cerebral palsy and died in 2004 at age 7. His parents, Beth and Randy Seevers, founded the organization to encourage kids to run, which was something their son wanted to do, but never could.

The nonprofit runs a five week after-school training program in the spring and fall at two dozen schools. During the training programs, students meet twice a week with their coach to work on strength training, running and to learn about nutrition as they prepare to run a 5K.

The hard work of those students will culminate in the second annual Run Because You Can race on Oct. 28 at Crocker Park. The race is open to anyone, with the students beginning shortly after the general public. There is a 5K, 10K and kids run.

Last year, the Runnin' for Rhett Foundation was honored with a $10,000 check after being named the statewide gold medal winner for nonprofit organization of the year by the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. Runnin' for Rhett put that award and other money raised from fundraisers and an adult training program back into their youth fitness program, said Randy Seevers.

This year, Runnin' for Rhett is in schools in the San Juan, Sacramento City, Galt and Elk Grove school districts. Seevers said the nonprofit is primarily at high-needs schools, called Title I schools. He said since starting the nonprofit, he realized there is "so much work to do with youth."

"We see child obesity levels going through the roof," he said.

For more information on Runnin' for Rhett or the Run Because You Can race, visit

(Photo courtesy of Runnin' for Rhett)

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Loretta KalbLoretta Kalb started her reporting career at The Sacramento Union, moved to KOVR-13 as a television reporter, editor and producer, headed to The Associated Press in San Francisco and eventually returned to Sacramento and joined The Sacramento Bee. Throughout her career, she has covered the state Legislature, courts, local government and, now, education. She is a Chico native and an Elk Grove resident.

Diana LambertDiana Lambert began her journalism career as a proofreader at the Lodi News-Sentinel. She is now a senior writer at The Sacramento Bee covering K-12 education and California State University, Sacramento. Previously she was The Bee’s Elk Grove bureau chief. Lambert was raised in a military family and lived at bases around the globe. She attended four high schools, graduating from Tokay High in Lodi and then Sacramento State University. She lives in Elk Grove.

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