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Borchardt Blazers Running Club

By
Jenifer Malloy,   Borchardt El
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This year I started the Borchardt Blazers Running Club before school. Each Tuesday morning, I arrive as the sun is coming up to set up a track of cones for students to run around and track their mileage. As the PE teacher, I figured, for the first year, that we might have 30-50 kids sign up. Boy was I wrong! We had 135 kids sign up, just in grades 3-5! I was shocked, and of course had to recruit more help as I would not be able to manage all those kiddos by myself. I begged for help and had teachers and parents offer to help in any way they could. The great part was that many teachers wanted to run with the students which I love, and it helps to motivate the students when they see their teachers out there being active. I’ve already had many 2nd graders tell me they are looking forward to participating next year when they are in 3rd grade. I wonder how many we will have next year?!

How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?

With Healthy Zone Grant funds we were able to purchase items needed from StrideTrack to keep track of mileage easily, and this can be used each year as we continue the program. Word of mouth has already spread that this program is from 3rd-5th graders, and lots of 2nd graders have already told me they cannot wait until next year when they can be in it!

What challenges did you face and how did you overcome them?

We had tons more kids sign up for the program than we ever thought would be interested. As students kept turning in their permission slips, I had no idea how I was going to manage that many kids. I reached out to teachers begging them to help out (which would mean showing up earlier than they had to be here) and so many teachers offered to help, thankfully. Without their help, I would have had to turn students away.