The winter weather didn’t stop Elizabeth Scott Elementary School Morning Running Club from training for the upcoming Run the Rocks 5K and Healthy Family Day. These determined, energetic students began meeting in February to train for the first annual Run the Rocks 5k race on Saturday, April 26, starting at the school to Point of Rocks Park and back. There are over 70 students in grades 3-5 enrolled in the club, and together they have run over 1,300 miles. Students are able to run on three mornings a week for 45-minutes before school.
Wellness Integration Specialist, Jenny Long-Innes, says, “Many of our students have “run a marathon,” and have totaled over 26 miles in their training. On an average morning a student will run between two and three miles, all before the school bell rings.”
Through the Morning Running Club, there is a group of adults and students who have developed a bond, and encourage each other during the training. The students can take that lesson of encouragement they are learning and pass that along to other fellow students to use on race day.
Ms. DiSanto, a firstt grade teacher and running club coach says, “It is wonderful to see children being active and having fun during the Morning Running Club. All of the students have shown great improvement with stamina and pace. The adults and students who participate have formed a sense of community and well-being.”
Last year, the Elizabeth Scott PTA made a decision to move away from a spring carnival, which they believed was not the healthiest event to hold, and decided to focus on healthier activities for families. They decided to try a 5K and Healthy Family Day to encourage wellness in the community. Carrie Coyner, 5k Committee Chair, said, “We are excited, because as of the end of March, we have about 200 participants! Which is awesome for a first time event!”
Coyner states that Elizabeth Scott PTA had three goals when planning for this event: first, to encourage every student to run and/or walk the 5K through before and after school training teams and in-school training efforts; second, to become an annual community-wide 5K event in the River’s Bend/Enon area; third, to raise funds to support wellness and educational programs at Elizabeth Scott to improve the education of all students at Elizabeth Scott Elementary.
Principal at Elizabeth Scott, Mrs. Joan Temple says, “At Scott Elementary we emphasize working towards academic excellence, physical fitness and healthy eating habits. We are excited about hosting our very first 5K race.”
The main sponsor for the event is Bank of McKenney. Through their sponsorship, and other sponsors, Elizabeth Scott is able to cover the costs to allow all 907 students to participate for free. Tanya Spiers, Branch Manager at Bank of McKenney Rivers Bend says, “We are so proud to be part of this new and exciting event. Through our many community outreach programs, such as, Teach Kids to Save, we know the importance of educating and staying active with students in our communities. They are our future and we take pride in doing our part to help make their futures brighter through positive events and programs.”
To learn more about this event and register please visit www.runtherocks5k.com