From the Back of the Pack
I might always be in the back of the running pack, but I'm addicted to it! When I miss more than a day it affects my energy, attitude, and the rest of life in general! I have had a lot of "character" building runs in the deep snow, extreme nose hair freezing cold, ankle high rain, and gale force winds over the past twenty five years and find some of those days to be the most peaceful rewarding outings of all! I'm one of those runners who is slow and steady, but goes forever and ever without ever getting tired.
March 4, 2010: Shoes for kids!
As a teacher and coach, I enjoy helping anyone get into the wonderful lifetime sport of running. Jay Monson...teacher, runner and more has an excellent program and the kids need shoes! Below are the ways you can help out! I know I have a ton of old running shoes that are in great shape for a child to run 3 miles in...just not good enough for me to run 10 in!
If anyone in the Duluth area has some running shoes to donate to 10-12 year old feet we'd gladly take them off your hands. We're at: Nettleton Elementary School, 108 East 6th Street, Duluth, MN 55805. Better yet, if you have $7.50, send it our way care of "Nettleton Running Club". We start the club this Monday.
Many of the kids in our 5th grade classroom and beyond are involved in the third year of our running club. Our goal is to train and then run/walk the Fitger's 5K April 17, 2010 in Duluth. Kids journal throughout the club keeping track of their diets, screen time (TV, videogames, and computer use), sleep, training/activity and their resting heart rates. Some kids need proper running shoes and I am asking for donations to help buy that equipment. We will get the kids fitted for the shoes in the coming weeks and hopefully get them on their feet before our spring break, which is one week prior to the race. Special thanks go out to the "Duluth Running Company" for graciously providing us a deal on some top-notch shoes and for spending time helping us get things started (http://www.duluthrunning.com/).
Please do not feel obligated to donate anything! If you want to provide moral support or support during the race it is worth more than money. If you wish to make a monetary contribution the levels are below:
Half a Foot: $7.50...
One Foot: $15.00
Two Feet: $30
Checks can be made out to "Nettleton Elementary School" with "Running Club" in the memo. You can send donations directly to school in interschool mail or at our address: 108 East 6th Street, Duluth 55805. If we get more money than we need for shoes we will buy some good socks for the kids and other things that will help their run be enjoyable and safe. More info on the 5K race can be found at: http://www.grandmasmarathon.com/races/fitgers5k.php
Thanks so much for your support in any way. Feel free to pass this e-mail on to a runner or anyone else that would be interested in being part of our cause.