Webster Elementary set a goal 3 years ago to bring the excitement and the challenge of a road race to their students. They wanted to teach the kids that not only is running an activity that is good for your body and your mind but it can also be a lot of fun in a day filled with palpable excitement!
Megan Mann – 5th Grader>
A team of volunteers brought Race Around Webster to life in 2013 and have found it’s a day that many of the kids, teachers, and parents look forward to each year. This 1 mile/5K event has all the details of a true road race complete with race bags, race shirts, and race bibs. Every student participates in this all-school event from preschool through 5th grade, running around a 1 mile marked course on school grounds. The kids finish their run and then line the final stretch of the course to cheer for their fellow classmates. They experience the physical challenge of the run and at the same time they feel the support and positive encouragement coming from parents, teachers, and fellow classmates. The mix of the two is powerful and it is why so many adults are drawn to sign up for races and competitions on the weekends.
Tre Clewis, Kallen Steverson, and Drew Hamann – Kindergarteners
Hadley Hardersen, Malda Haxhiu, and Max Davison – third graders
“You feel how special an event like this is when parents tell you that their little one slept in their race shirt or that their child has their race bib from this year and years past taped up on their wall. It isn’t easy for every runner, especially the 5k, but it’s the physical challenge that leads to the pride and the sense of accomplishment the kids feel at the finish line,” says race coordinator, Tasha Mulligan.
Tasha Mulligan and Hudson Kerchal – second grader
Webster Elementary set a goal to bring the excitement and the challenge of a road race to their students and they have achieved just that. A simple all school fitness event, Race Around Webster, may just spark a life long love for fitness and running within these kids.
***Special thanks to the RAW Volunteer Committee at Webster Elementary School for the article and photograph contribution.