Community Races to Health, Wellness at First-Ever D4.9K Run/Walk
Students, staff and family members of all ages hit the trail to wellness at the first D4.9K Run/Walk, Sat., Nov. 4 at Stetson Elementary School. The event sold out with 499 participants registered for the new race that took runners and walkers down the Sand Creek Trail behind the school.
“It’s exciting to see this become a reality,” shared Rachel Duerr, coordinator of health and wellness. “We had two goals with the run/walk - to support the district’s wellness initiative and to create a low-cost, healthy event for the community.”
It was Dale Bonavita’s idea for the district to host the run/walk. She is a college advisor/counselor at Pikes Peak Early College. “I thought it would be a good idea to plan a wellness event that everyone could do,” stated Bonavita. “I am a big believer that it pays to live a healthy lifestyle.”
Nicole O’dell, officially kicked off the race, and led runners and walkers on her bike. O’dell was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014. While the disease is not curable, regular exercise does make it easier to manage. Participating in the D4.9K helped O’dell spread the message of health and wellness.
Families came out in big numbers to support the event. “We’re here today to champion for the school district,” said Sondra Rymer, Stetson Elementary School parent. “We love fun, outdoor activities that engage the whole family.”
Duerr and her wellness program encouraged participation across the district with a contest. A $250 prize was on the line for the school with the highest participation percentage from their entire school community. Stetson Elementary School was the recipient of this award.
Austyn Larson, 12, sixth grader, took the prize of crossing the finish line first with a time of 22:55. He is a student at Skyview Middle School.
For some, it was the date of the race that motived them to participate. “The holidays are just around the corner,” said Teresa Love, Springs Studio for Academic Excellence parent. “It’s easy to get busy, but it’s still important to exercise this time of year.”
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