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Olympic Medalist Lauren Tamayo to Join Buncombe County Students

Lauren Tamayo, Asheville’s hometown Olympian, will be joining students at Hominy Valley Elementary School on Wednesday, May 15 as they bike to school during Buncombe County’s Strive Not to Drive Week, May 12-18, 2013. 

Ms. Tamayo, who earned a silver medal in track cycling at the 2012 London Olympics, will greet students as they arrive in two “bicycle trains” at Hominy Valley Elementary School on the morning of Wednesday, May 15. 

Ms. Tamayo’s attendance at the Hominy Valley event will add to the enthusiasm students, parents, and administration already feel about walking and biking to school. Principal Dr. Angie Jackson notes that "This event aligns with Hominy Valley's Healthy Active Child Initiative. The staff worked hard this year to provide activities that promote healthy, active lifestyles for our students." Hominy Valley bike-to-school event organizer and parent Garrett Artz adds, "This is really about the kids having fun and getting away from the television and computer screens. My kids absolutely love 'driving' themselves to school."

Hominy Valley is one of six schools across Asheville and Buncombe County that are hosting walk- and bike-to-school events as part of Strive Not to Drive Week.  The events provide an opportunity for students and parents to get out of their cars and hit the pavement in an effort to support healthier kids and communities. 

Read more about the Walk- Bike-to-School events below.

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