Why run? Besides the obvious health benefits, there is mounting evidence that exercise prior to classroom work is extremely beneficial for elementary school children. Students may learn better and be more focused, behavioral issues could diminish, they may achieve higher test scores and gain self-esteem. We encourage you to jumpstart your children’s day by getting them to school a little early for Miles Ahead Running Club.
Who can join? TPES students and members of their families are welcome to track their laps and may participate as many days as they wish.
Cards are kept available all school year and runners’ milestones are recognized with stickers, certificates, tokens and acknowledgement at spirit assemblies and in school publications.
How Many Students Usually Run? For the 2012/13 school year, approximately 250 students (52%) and 120 family members participated. A solid 120 runners were participating consistently each morning. With your participation, there's no doubt we can get to 60% participation!
Do I have to run? No, participants may go at their own pace. Walking is great too and a fun way to catch up with friends in the morning. We just ask that students keep moving around the field and rough play is not allowed.
When do you meet? Four mornings a week, Tuesday through Friday - runners may come as often as they want, and run for as long as they want. We start counting laps at 8:05 a.m. and collect cards at 8:20 a.m. in order to get students to class on time.
How do the stickers, tokens, and certificates work? We love to recognize our runners for their accomplishments in running. Here’s what our runners can look forward to:
For every 5 miles completed runners get a sticker representing their total number of miles, as well as their name published on our website (with a complete parent consent form). Runners receive a “running shoe token” on a key ring at 5 miles and then every 10 miles. We encourage them to ask their parents to help them attach the key ring to their backpacks. Runners who are 25/50/75/100/125/150… miles ahead receive a certificate at our monthly assembly and a special “mileage token”
The Running Club organizes special fun runs throughout the year. Families are welcome to come and join us for these special runs. We usually have music, decorations, and stickers. Students with 5 miles or more receive a special token!
The TPES Miles Ahead Running Club in run by parent volunteers and funded by the TPES Foundation. Your support is very much appreciated.