Olympian Beverly Ramos offers free shoes to Bronx school students

BRONX (WABC) — An Olympic runner from Puerto Rico distributed running shoes to students in the Bronx on Friday.

Beverly Ramos worked with the New York Road Runners to distribute 200 pairs of sneakers to children at MS 244 The New School for Leadership and The Arts.

It was all part of the Rising New York Road Runners, a free national youth fitness program. It serves more than 100,000 K-12 students in New York City and nationwide.

Since 2007, Rising New York Road Runners has distributed more than 37,000 pairs of shoes to children in schools with limited resources.

“There’s a chance you could have a career as a runner or whatever in any sport so that’s the mission today just to give them a nice message, inspire them and hopefully that they will have a bit more confidence,” Ramos said.

Ramos will compete in the New Balance Bronx 10 Mile race this Sunday.

She is the event record holder and is racing for her second title.

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