Middletown grade-schoolers run for fun and fitness
HMF FitKids program promotes healthy, active student lifestyle
MIDDLETOWN — City elementary school students were among over 1,800 from 39 schools across Connecticut who took part in HMF FitKids in School Medal Day recently — the culmination of weeks of training supported by the Hartford Marathon Foundation.
Classes at Macdonough Elementary School also participated in the Nov. 2 event.
Now in its 10th year, the free program for students in grades four to eight has served more than 15,000 students, encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle through running, according to a press release.
Students engaged in a five-week training program throughout the fall, then completed their final mile run during a celebration at Rentschler Field in East Hartford. They earned medals to commemorate their weeks of hard work, the release said.
The day featured music, announcers and spectators cheering the kids on as they ran, according to HMF FitKids.
After the race, students enjoyed the World of Fitness Expo with interactive fitness stations, including an obstacle course, hula hooping, yoga and highintensity interval training.
Transportation, snacks and hats were provided free to the schools through the HMF FitKids in School sponsor.
The sponsors include the Aetna Foundation, United Bank Foundation Connecticut, Newman’s Own Foundation and Mountain Dairy, as well as individual donations from the running community.
More than 1,800 students from 39 schools across Connecticut participated in HMF FitKids in School Medal Day, including those from Macdonough Elementary School in Middletown, pictured above.