4.01K race at Carmel Middle School promotes financial, physical health

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For Ashley Naab, this race is the perfect blend.

The 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness is set for 1 p.m. April 28 at Carmel Middle School. The 2 1/2-mile race, which is making its Indianapolis area debut, is conducted by Carmel-based ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors, which advises companies on 401K plans. Race proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s mission to promote financial literacy.

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“What makes this unique is it’s supporting overall wellness, so you get the health part with the run,” said Naab, director of marketing for ProCourse Fiduciary Advisors. “Then there is the financial part of it. I feel like a lot of the stress our clients see in their employees has a lot to do with financial stress, so that affects their health.”

The race recently celebrated its fifth anniversary in Orlando.

“It had such a big following that there are actually 13 cities putting this race on now in different states,” Naab said. “With the rights to put the race on, you have to find a nonprofit that focuses on financial literary and financial education.”

After the race, participants can enjoy the Well-A-Bration featuring music, food, drinks and games.

“The Well-A-Bration will have different health and financial wellness-related vendors on-site,” Naab said.

Finish Line is one of ProCourse’s clients and is a race supporter.

“There will be a Finish Line banner at the finish line for a photo-op area,” Naab said.

Naab said because the Finish Line headquarters is on the east side of Indianapolis, all its specific sponsorship goes to a school on the east side.

“They’ve worked with Junior Achievement to make sure students from the east side are brought in,” Naab said. “MJ Insurance is our silver sponsor. With their support we are able to provide JA programs to 16 classrooms in Central Indiana.”

Junior Achievement has financial literacy programming for kindergarten through high school, said Carmel resident Jennifer Penix, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana development and social events manager.

“We service about 32,000 central Indiana students. A bulk of those are from elementary schools,” Penix said.

As of April 1, Naab said the race has raised more than $33,000.

To sign up for the 4.01K Race for Financial Fitness, visit 401krace.com/indianapolis/.

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