Editor’s note: This article was originally published September 9, 2014

Olympian runner Leo Manzano is teaming up with Marathon Kids to encourage kids to get fit and eat nutritious foods.

Manzano, who unleashed his signature kick and won a silver medal in the 1,500 meters at the 2012 Olympics in London, will serve as national celebrity ambassador for the Austin-based non-profit organization.

The Marble Falls native began supporting Marathon Kids in 2005 as a student athlete while running track at the University of Texas.

"It’s an honor for me to become a part of this mission," Manzano said in a press release. "Marathon Kids is an amazing organization that not only encourages children to adopt healthy habits by setting physical activity and healthy eating goals, they offer support and tools to help them achieve those goals. It’s great to be a small part of a child’s success."

Since 1996, Marathon Kids has guided more than 1.8 million kindergarten through fifth-graders through its 26.2 Mile Challenge, which encourages them to run a marathon incrementally during a six-month period.

For more information go to www.marathonkids.org.