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P.A.C.E. 2011 Press Release

The press release for P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 (Paul Staso's solo run from the Grand Canyon, across the Mojave Desert, to Badwater, Death Valley) is posted below and is also available for download in Microsoft Word format and Adobe PDF format. Click on the thumbnail images below to view high resolution pictures (300 dpi) which are available for public use.


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― Press Release ―

School Children Worldwide To Virtually Run Across Mojave Desert With Ultra-Endurance Athlete

One man pushing a stroller of gear will run 506 miles solo in 17 days across the Mojave Desert to promote youth health and fitness globally.

Missoula, MT, February 11, 2011: A 46-year-old former fifth grade teacher will run solo over a 506-mile course in 17 consecutive days across the Mojave Desert between April 14 and May 1, 2011 in an effort to get school children active and learning simultaneously. Paul Staso has accomplished a 3,260-mile solo run across the United States in 108 days; a 620-mile solo run across Montana in 20 days; a 500-mile solo run through Alaska in 21 days; and, a 500-mile solo run across Germany in 21 days virtually running with teams of school children worldwide using his unique approach to promoting youth health and fitness.

"The Mojave Desert challenge, called P.A.C.E. Trek 2011, is my way of trying to make an impact in the decline of youth health and fitness," Staso says. "The solo run across the Mojave will require me to average 30 miles per day pushing 80-pounds of gear along a rugged and desolate course that has not been attempted before by a solo runner. I will begin at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon, run across the Mojave Desert, and finish at Badwater Basin, Death Valley – the lowest, hottest and driest location on the North American continent. As I run there will be thousands of school children from across the United States, as well as several other countries, virtually running along with me – logging miles in teams at their schools to keep pace with me. Students can access my web site, www.pacetrek.com/mojave, and learn about the locations we're trekking through via the writings, pictures and media files that I will post daily from the road. It’s truly active learning!"

Staso is Founder and President of The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, a non-profit organization that encourages, educates, inspires, and motivates children worldwide to adopt life-long habits toward a healthy lifestyle; to expand their knowledge of the world around them; and to pursue their goals and dreams with the abilities they possess. P.A.C.E. is an acronym for Promoting Active Children Everywhere and that is what Staso aims to achieve through his annual solo endurance challenges.

"Since I completed my 108 days of running coast-to-coast across America in 2006, I've had opportunities to speak to many audiences about the purpose of P.A.C.E. and what I believe needs to be done to turn the tide on the continuing decline of youth health and fitness," Staso says. "I’m not fighting childhood obesity. I’m fighting children’s apathy about fitness. Kids need to see that if you take care of your body it can take you on some wonderful adventures
far more satisfying than watching television, texting, or playing video games. By the reactions I receive from children of all ages, I know that my message and endurance journeys intrigue and inspire many."

Staso, a former elementary teacher and running coach, has developed an extensive web site at www.pacetrek.com so teachers and students from kindergarten through 12th grade can be involved in the Mojave Desert challenge. There is no cost to register a P.A.C.E. Trek team and teachers are able to sign up teams of students at pacetrek.com through April 12, 2011. Physical education classes, individual classrooms, school running clubs, and Safe Routes to School programs can register teams for free. Staso is committed to keeping the annual P.A.C.E. Trek fitness challenges free for all schools. There is no cost, no fundraising involved, and nothing to purchase.

Staso, who organizes and funds much of the endurance journeys himself, intends to keep on doing the mega-mileage treks annually in different locations
as long as his body holds up to the challenges. As he’s done for all of his solo and unsupported journey runs, Staso will push a jogging stroller to carry essential equipment, including: food, water, GPS, sleeping bag, and more even a solar panel for charging electronic gadgets. Lodging will be occasional hotels and a one-man tent that he carries on the stroller.

"For the Mojave Desert run in April 2011 we've set it up so that teachers will have everything needed at the pacetrek.com web site and it will not require any more than a few minutes per day for twelve school days," Staso says. "We already have thousands of school children registered from across the continental United States, Germany, Japan, United Kingdom, Cayman Islands, Malaysia, and Alaska."

Staso’s web site allows for registered participating teams to post their daily mileage so that school teams around the globe can watch each other’s progress, as well as follow Staso’s progress via a live tracking feature that uses Google Maps technology. One participating school in the Mojave Desert P.A.C.E. Trek challenge will be awarded a cash prize via a post-run drawing to benefit its P.E. program. Only those teams that report to Staso as having completed the 506-mile trek by 5:00 p.m., PST, on April 30, 2011 will be eligible.

Staso is committed to doing what he can to inspire, educate and motivate children worldwide toward greater health and fitness. He also wants people to set personal goals and reach for their dreams. When not on the road running P.A.C.E. Treks, Staso develops virtual trek curriculums that many schools have either adopted or imitated, including a run/walk across America trek, a fitness journey along historic Route 66, and a running challenge to and through the national parks of the Northwest United States. Details about his virtual trek curriculums are at www.pacetrek.com. You can learn more about P.A.C.E. Trek 2011 – Destination Mojave Desert at www.pacetrek.com/mojave. You can also experience Staso's 2006 solo run across America online at www.pacerun.com and his solo runs across Germany, Alaska and Montana at www.pacetrek.com.

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About Paul Staso:

Staso was a Torchbearer for the 2002 Olympic Games and has received several awards for his ultra-endurance endeavors, including: Mayo Clinic’s Health Hero Award; U.S. Department of Defense Dependents Schools AHPERD Certificate of Appreciation; Montana AHPERD Distinguished Service Award; and, in 2010 was named as the first European PTA Youth Ambassador. He has been a keynote speaker at health and fitness conferences; given motivational assemblies at schools in the continental United States, Europe, Caribbean, and Alaska; and, is currently considering writing a book. As of February 2011, 52,524 school children worldwide have run 266,132 miles through his annual P.A.C.E. Trek challenges (which is the equivalent of 10˝ laps of the planet earth). All of Staso’s ultra-endurance running endeavors can be found online at www.pacetrek.com. The annual P.A.C.E. Trek challenges that Staso does allow for free school team registration so that students can run along with him virtually via his online classroom and track his/their progress against that of participating schools worldwide – while also learning about fitness, goal setting, and the locations that they are running through together. So, why did Paul choose to run across America alone in 2006 and continue with all of this solo adventure running through The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation? He ran solo across the United States simply to keep a promise he had made to his then 10-year-old daughter, Ashlin, and 97 elementary children at her school in Montana (see www.pacerun.com). He saw the positive impact it made on the students and decided to keep going, aiming to encourage and inspire other children toward greater health and fitness. To date, he has run nearly 5,000 P.A.C.E. miles across America, Germany, Alaska and Montana – with a solo Mojave Desert run scheduled for April 14-30, 2011. He is the father of four children.

About The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc.:

Founded by Paul Staso in 2009, the mission of The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc. is to encourage, educate, inspire, and motivate children worldwide to adopt life-long habits toward a healthy lifestyle; to expand their knowledge of the world around them; and to pursue their goals and dreams with the abilities they possess. The Foundation’s nine-member Board of Directors is committed to organizing youth-focused health and fitness opportunities for children worldwide. To date, over 52,000 school children from 10 countries have participated in annual P.A.C.E. Trek running and walking challenges, cumulatively logging over 266,000 miles. The P.A.C.E. Fitness Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization.

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Since P.A.C.E. Treks began in April 2008 there have been 68,652 school children worldwide that have logged 326,252
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Paul's 7 Teaching Goals Through P.A.C.E. Trek Challenges

1. The importance of good health/nutrition, as well as the benefits of frequent and consistent exercise.
2. The benefits that can be experienced from running and/or walking (the original way to better fitness)
3. That if you take care of your body it can take you on some wonderful adventures.
4. Interesting information about the various locations that he runs through completely alone.
5. The importance of setting goals and pursuing dreams no matter what obstacles might be in front of you.
6. That a positive attitude and the desire to positively impact the lives of others can be very rewarding.
7. That perseverance can take you places that you never imagined you could get to.

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