Mid­dle­town grade-school­ers run for fun and fit­ness

HMF FitKids pro­gram pro­motes healthy, ac­tive stu­dent life­style

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Press Staff

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.

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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.

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