During May 7 through 11, elementary, middle school and high schools in the will be participating in the fifth annual National Run a Mile program.
According to Dr. Patrick Hogan of Puget Sound Neurology, this is the only region in Washington state participating, and the Peninsula School District is the largest group in the country that’s taking part in the event for the second year in a row.
“I was hoping to get a few schools involved last year, and instead all the elementary schools jumped on board, largely through the champion efforts of Dave Rucci, the PE teacher at ,” Hogan said.
He also added that motivational speaker Harry Cordellus, who has been considered to be the country's top blind athlete, will be visiting the schools this year. In his younger years, he was a professional water skiier, sub three-hour Boston Marathon runner and wrote the book No Limits.
Hogan said the nationwide initiative, sponsored by the American Running Association, is intended to get kids interested in running and bring back movement into their lives.