Marathon training motivates TEMS students

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Oct. 20, 2011
Timothy Edwards Middle School eighth graders Brian Savidge, Alex Gosselin (partial view), Jordan Wolf, Corey Madalena, Michael Stoker and Veronica McCullough (left to right) at the start of the ING 'Run for Something Better' on Friday, Oct. 14. Photo courtesy ING. - Contributed Photo

For the past three years, Timothy Edwards Middle School has partnered with the ING Marathon’s “Run for Something Better” program, helping students train together to complete a half marathon. According to TEMS physical education teacher Jen Hall, the entire eighth grade class – 375 students – participated in the program this year. For the six weeks prior to the marathon, the students trained together both during and after school, accumulating miles run or other sporting activities equivalent to 12 miles. On Oct. 14, the students ran the final mile, and enjoyed the event complete with fitness expo of games, prizes and healthy snacks.

“I think the benefit is it gives the kids who aren’t active every day a purpose,” said Hall. “It’s very motivating.” She also noted that the school has seen improvements in the state fitness testing for the past three years of the “Run for Something Better” program.

“It was really fun,” said TEMS eighth-grader Scott Skenyon. “I want to run in a marathon someday.” Skenyon tries to run every other day, and also plays hockey and lacrosse.

“It was really motivating to get in shape for the marathon,” said Megan Jennie. She plans on continuing to run, in order to stay in shape for track in the spring. “I really enjoyed it [the marathon] even though it was raining,” she said.

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