The Lake Dallas Elementary school kickoff event for Marathon Kids on Friday, October 28, turned into a district and community-wide celebration. Parents, teachers, and administrators joined over 700 LDE students as they ran the first mile. LDHS and LDMS cheerleaders and cross country teams cheered and ran with the runners, giving high-fives and serving fruit to each finisher.
Coach Jamie Roach, LDE PE teacher, received word in September that she had been awarded funding to bring Marathon Kids to LDE, and led the planning for the kickoff event.
“The LD community all came together to help make LDE's Marathon Kid's Kickoff event a huge success, and it was such a fun day for all involved,” Coach Roach said. “Thank you to all the students, parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches, and student athletes who came out and volunteered their time. LDE couldn't have done it without you.”
The Marathon Kids program, which features a challenge for students to run 104.8 miles, strengthens the strong commitment to physical activity at Lake Dallas ISD. Each participant has a goal of completing four marathons over the course of the school year. The kids will set goals and track their progress. Nike, the program sponsor, gives some motivation as well – each participant can earn Nike rewards at marathon milestones.
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