Barlow Mountain Elementary School began two new parent-led running programs this past April, both taking place before school twice per week. These programs were so successful that the school plans on continuing them for years to come.
Both national programs, Girls on the Run, for 3rd-5th-grade girls, and Let Me Run for 4th and 5th-grade boys, were led by four volunteer parent-coaches, all avid-runners. The running groups, open to children of all fitness levels, were comprised of 25 participants.
With a focus on personal responsibility, positive thinking, as well as care of self and the environment, the running programs helped the children to find their own inner strength.
An optional community 5K race rounded out the running programs (8-week course for Let me Run, 10-week course for Girls on the Run). The 5K races both took place Father’s Day weekend this June - giving all participants the opportunity to celebrate their hard work, applaud their accomplishments, and plan for their next fun-run!