Kids had fun just running
At the risk of sounding Dr. Seussian, we’ll say, “One should always have fun and and it’s fun to run, so just run.” That’s how nearly 800 kids came to be at Union College last week for a track meet.
This wasn’t the Eddy Meet, the annual competition that draws high school track teams to Schenectady each spring from all over the state. It was much more humble: The kids were elementary students from 19 schools in the Capital Region, including Paige and Zoller in Schenectady.
They didn’t train every day, but ran once or twice a week after school under a national program called Just Run, sponsored locally by the Hudson-Mohawk Road Runners Club.
And, despite the name of the program, they didn’t just run. They also were taught about nutrition, healthy living and fitness, about good sportsmanship and citizenship. Not surprisingly, the kids liked the discipline and structure, and in many cases their attitude changed toward school. It really doesn’t take much.
Especially with the increasing focus on testing, and less time for phys ed, kids need afterschool programs like these. Whether they wind up running track in high school or not, they’ve known the joy and satisfaction of running, of using their body, and it’s a lesson to be taken through life.