Running Club Keeps Kids Moving

Exercising is very important, and running is a great way to have fun while getting some exercise. Seventh grader Charlotte G. wanted to do more of it, so she took the opportunity to create a running club, which meets every Monday after school and where anyone is welcome.

“My favorite part about the club is getting to meet new people,” said Charlotte. “I also enjoy having a leadership role in the club,” she added. 

Charlotte created the club to help people improve their running while also having fun and going at their own pace.  

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Running helps people stay strong and in shape. According to The Manual, a fitness website, it also helps improve cardiovascular fitness. Students in the club are excited to see their progress. 

“I really like seeing the improvement from myself and others,” said Jordan C., a participant in the club. 

Jordan likes to run in her free time as well. Both Jordan and Charlotte participated in Girls On the Run for a few years in elementary school, which gave them more practice. Girls on the Run is an organization that inspires girls from 3rd-8th grade by building confidence and learning important life skills through physical activity.

“Running club is a really cool club because it brings students together from a lot of different grades and areas who might not know each other otherwise, but they all like running for different reasons,” said club sponsor Dr. Julia Blasey. 

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Running is an efficient way to burn calories and keep your heart healthy. According to Advance Performance, a running and fitness store, running not only helps with physical health but also mental health. Running helps to lower stress levels and makes you feel good. 

“Running is empowering because it’s something that you do just for yourself on your own, and you don’t have to compete with other people,” explained Blasey. 

The Longfellow Middle School Running Club is a super fun way to get exercise and make new friends. They meet all school-year long, play fun games and practice relays.  They have plans to go to track meets in the spring and represent Longfellow in the community.