WASHINGTON (AP) – Thousands of children will descend upon the White House Monday for the annual Easter Egg Roll. And if they have energy to spare after finding the wooden eggs, about 250 of them will join first lady Michelle Obama for a run.
The “fun run” is the latest addition to an event that began in 1878 and now includes storytelling, musical performances and tips from professional athletes on how to play basketball, tennis and other sports. There are even cooking demonstrations, yoga and, of course, the traditional egg rolling.
More than 35,000 people received tickets that allow them to walk on the South Lawn of the White House, rain or shine.
The fun run is intended to highlight the first lady’s “Let’s Move!” initiative, which focuses on reducing childhood obesity.