Rain­bow Run, lots of fun

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - RE­BECCA MOORE

South­land Girls just want to have fun while they run.

On Fri­day, for the third year in a row, the South­land Girls’ High School Rain­bow Run had about 1000 stu­dents don­ning their white T-shirts, painted faces, tu­tus and plenty of smiles ready to hit the pave­ment.

The school started the race day as a fun way for stu­dents to get in­volved with sport, as well as an end-of-year cel­e­bra­tion.

Teacher Dave Bea­dle said since swap­ping out the more ‘‘tra­di­tional’’ ver­sion of cross-coun­try for the Rain­bow Run, par­tic­i­pa­tion in­creased by about 20 per cent. ‘‘One of the big pluses of the Rain­bow Run is that we see girls who would not nor­mally par­tic­i­pate hav­ing a go, and typ­i­cally lots of smiles.’’

Phys­i­cal well­be­ing was an im­por­tant part of the school’s cur­ricu­lum.

Bea­dle said the event had pos­i­tive spinoffs to learn­ing, achieve- ment, con­nect­ed­ness, well­be­ing - both phys­i­cal and men­tal - and hope­fully fun.

‘‘This year our Rain­bow Run aimed to get stu­dents ac­tive, pro­mote house com­pe­ti­tion, and act as a fi­nal cel­e­bra­tion for our year 13 stu­dents, as it was their fi­nal day.’’

Rates of par­tic­i­pa­tion from about Year 10 tended to de­cline na­tion­ally, espe­cially among fe­males, so the race was some­thing the school was try­ing to im­prove, Bea­dle said.

Any­thing that pro­moted phys­i­cal and men­tal well­be­ing was pos­i­tive, as na­tion­ally and glob­ally obe­sity rates, and the many as­so­ci­ated health com­pli­ca­tions, con­tin­ued to in­crease.

Stress, anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion were also on the rise among young peo­ple, and ex­er­cise could be ben­e­fi­cial, he said.

Year 13 and event pre­fect stu­dents Sally Bo­dle and Phoebe Lee or­gan­ised the run this year.

The school held mufti day fundrais­ers to buy the $1200 of coloured chalk, Lee said.

It was a fun ac­tiv­ity that the girls looked for­ward to and en­joyed get­ting in­volved in each year.

This year the rain added ‘‘a dif­fer­ent as­pect’’ to the race.

Num­bers of run­ners re­mained steady for the three years, with a slight decrease be­cause of weather and ex­ams ap­proach­ing.

For the pub­lic, The ASB Colour Rush will be held on Novem­ber 12.

More pho­tos on page 6.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

Pe­tra Prekopa at the South­land Girls’ High School 2017 Rain­bow Run.

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