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Shapleigh "Marathon Club"

By
Seth Cole,   Shapleigh Middle School
Play:
Walk this Way — Start a Walking Club
Topics:
Physical Activity Participation,  Student Leadership
Shapleigh "Marathon Club"
This fall, our school successfully ran (pun intended!) a "Marathon Club" for interested 4th and 5th students. We had more than 40 students take part. The club was run by two highly-motivated seventh graders who tracked student progress/participation on a Google Sheet. Students would run/walk around our 1/4-mile track in the morning from 7:10-7:25am (and, located in Maine, some of those late-fall days were a bit chilly!). The club finished up right before the Thanksgiving break, and prizes were award for those that completed the most miles, highest levels of participation, and best spirit. The goal was for students to complete 105 laps around the track - equalling the distance of a 26.2 mile marathon.

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

We intend to continue/start another Marathon Club in the spring once the track is free of snow and the weather is nicer.

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

A 15-minute window doesn't provide much time, and some students/buses don't get dropped off right at 7:10am, so they'd have even less time. But some students tracked their progress at home/outside of school.

How did students and adults work together as a team?

These two seventh grade student leaders worked with two adults at our school (myself and a guidance counselor who promotes physical fitness) to coordinate the logistics, set up a Google Classroom and Google Sheet, and encourage student participation.