Rainbow Run, lots of fun
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.
Petra Prekopa at the Southland Girls’ High School 2017 Rainbow Run.