“Running is Elementary” took place on Monday, May 1 for the 9th consecutive year! Almost 700 students from all 11 P-H-M elementary schools participated in the 1 mile run on the Penn cross-country course located behind Elm Road School.
Although the weather was windy, cold and rainy, the runners’ spirits were high and full of excitement as family, teachers, staff and friends cheered them on.
Each year fourth and fifth graders are encouraged to sign up for the free running club. Designated coaches at each school are then tasked with training the runners for the 6-week club which then culminates with the Running is Elementary Race.
Cindy Batalis (P-H-M’s 2009 Teacher of the Year and physical education teacher at Horizon Elementary) began the yearly tradition of Running Is Elementary in 2008. Batalis’ own love for running and her desire to pass that love on to students is evident in the passion she puts into the Running is Elementary event each year.
The top times for the 2017 Running Is Elementary Race were as follows:
- 5th Grade Girls
1. Bib 87- 6:14 Elm Road
2. Bib 478- 6:16 Moran
3. Bib 159- 6:26 Elsie Rogers
- 5th Grade Boys
1. Bib 612- 6:26 Prairie Vista
2. Bib 658- 6:35 Walt Disney
3. Bib 23- 6:39 Bittersweet
- 4th Grade Girls
1. Bib 293- 7:15 Horizon
2. Bib 48- 7:21 Bittersweet
3. Bib 550- 7:24 Northpoint
- 4th Grade Boys
1. Bib 144- 6:26 Elm Road
2. Bib 141- 6:37 Elm Road
3. Bib 578- 6:46 Northpoint
Congratulations to all runners for their great spirit and effort!
A big thank you to the P-H-M Education Foundation and Corporations for Education for hosting the event!
Sponsors for the 2017 event:
Presenting sponsor – Corporations for Education
Royal Excursion, the Hunter Family, and Team Pride Athletics
After Race Snack & Water Donations:
Urban Swirl, B&B Organics & Fleet Feet