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Running to Live a Healthy Life

Stephanie Alsbrook,   Castle Hills Elementary
Community Involvement,  Physical Activity Participation
Running to Live a Healthy Life

To challenge our students and get them into an exercise routine we started a Running Club at Castle Hills Elementary. We have challenged our running students to reach 100 miles by the end of the school year. The Running Club meets every Monday after school for 40 minutes to celebrate miles run and to run with the Club. The students have really enjoyed this Club we started in September. We have 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students running this year. Students earn a shoe token for every 10 miles they run. Their goal is 100 miles by the end of May. A few students have already reached the 100 mile mark and keep running. The students can record the miles they run at home on a calendar page we provide each month. Their parents do sign off on the calendar mileage. The students are loving running with other classmates and challenging each other each week.

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

Students have really motivated each other to come to Run Club each week. They enjoy running together and trying to improve on the miles they ran the week before. Next year we want to add 2nd grade to our running club. We also want to add a morning of the week to run. This will give the students two days at school they will be able to work on their 100 miles. This will be a club we will keep and continue each year. The kids are excited and have a real love for running and exercise.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen the students in Run Club encourage others in their grade level to join the Club. The Run Club also joined the school for beautification day and school clean up. The Run Club helped clean up around the school, plant flowers, and improve our art and flower garden at school. The Run Club enjoys exercising together and helping our school.

What improvements have you seen at your school?

We have seen the kids really have a love for exercise and running. They also have learned the benefit of having a partner or friend to exercise with. It always helps us to push ourselves more when we have a partner with us exercising. The kids have set goals and it has been very exciting for us as PE teachers to watch the students reach their goals, and the small goals they make to reach the larger goal. The Running Club has really promoted exercise and friendships.