Kids stay active in summer running club

Originally published July 25 in the Corpus Christi Caller Times.

By Vicky Camarillo

About 15 kids lined up along the bottom of a hill near Cole Park on Ocean Drive Thursday morning, bracing themselves to sprint upward.

Laura Brennan, a volleyball and track coach at Baker Middle School, instructed them to bear crawl halfway up the hill and run the rest of the way. “It’s good — it’s a challenge!” she told the group. Read More

Running club offers health, educational benefits

Originally published Jan. 18, 2019 in the Whidbey News-Times.

By Laura Guido

P.E.teacher Holly Troyer is helping kids get a running start to their day.

Three days a week, Troyer watches and encourages her group of “Marathon Kids” as they do laps outside Oak Harbor Elementary School.

An avid runner herself, Troyer brought the running club program to the school at the beginning of 2019. Marathon Kids is a nonprofit group that creates programs aimed at getting children moving with goals and incentives. Read More

Girls’ running club offers much more than exercise

Originally published March 23, 2019 in the Westerly Sun.

By Cynthia Drummond

Twice a week, students in Grades 3 and 4 at Ashaway Elementary School meet after school for 90 minutes in the gymnasium. What makes this after-school club different is that the members are all girls.

Health and physical education teacher Jackie Sorensen brought the Girls on the Run program with her when she moved to Rhode Island from San Diego in 2016. The program is designed by Girls on the Run International, a girls’ empowerment organization based in North Carolina. Read More