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First Lady introduces first-ever White House fun run

The White House hosted the annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday and included a fun run for the first time in its 138-year history.

The White House hosted its first-ever fun run on Easter Monday as part of president Barack Obama’s final Easter Egg Roll, an annual event held on the presidential grounds in the U.S. capital. The Easter Egg Roll features games, stories and the traditional egg roll in addition to the newly-added run.

Olympians Shannon Rowbury and Jeneba Tarmoh and Olympic marathon qualifier Amy Cragg were in attendance for the run as well as other high profile celebrities including Jay-Z and Beyoncé. Rowbury and Cragg were part of the pace team that led First Lady Michelle Obama and 250 kids around the grounds of the White House.

The fun run announcement can be seen below.


“I’m going to be running around the White House with a bunch of kids and any adults who feel like they can hang,” the First Lady told the crowd. President Obama jokingly opted out and played basketball and tennis instead.

It was the first time in the event’s 138-year history that Easter Egg Roll included a fun run. The event was Obama’s last as president as a new head of state will be elected following the end of the 54-year-old’s term.