Originally published March 9, 2021 by The Oakland Press.
By Anne Runkle
Aiming to get people out from behind their computer screens, elementary physical education teachers in the Troy School District have launched a virtual run/walk that is attracting attention internationally.
The Log Off & Lace Up event was designed to get students, families and school staff physically active during the pandemic. So far, it has drawn more than 1,200 registrants from as far away as India.
“Things are closed down, people aren’t doing their regular sports or activities, and it is so important for everyone—not just kids—to get some exercise,” said Christina Attard, a physical education teacher at Hamilton and Barnard elementary schools.
“Exercise is incredibly important, not just for physical but for mental health,” said Bemis Elementary teacher Sarah Redden.
Because of the pandemic, it was not practical to plan a traditional running event, which would have resulted in large crowds gathering.
Participants choose a 1-mile, 2-mile or 5K route and walk or run on their own time and at their own pace. To prepare, they can even set up an online training plan.
Registration is open until March 31, and training and racing is from April 1-May 31.
Free printable running bibs will be provided. Race apparel is available for purchase through the Varsity Shop in Birmingham, which is providing the items at cost (no markup or profit).
Participants can choose from several suggested routes, including the tracks at Troy Athens and Troy High and at Baker, Boulan Park, Larson and Smith middle schools.
There are routes at many Troy parks, as well as trails at the Stage Nature Center and Sylvan Glen Golf Course. Runners and walkers can also create their own routes.
Registration is open until March 31 and training and racing is from April 1-May 31. The event is open to adults and children, and they need not be residents of the Troy School District.
To register, choose a route, get prepared or for more information, visit https://logoffandlaceup.weebly.com/.