Can your class run a marathon project?
To get the kids more active, we are inviting every student of your school to go out and run. The goal is to cumulatively cover the 42.2-kilometer marathon distance.
Canada has a tremendously rich history in distance running from the likes of Tom Longboat through Sylvia Rugger to current stars like Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis. Over the past thirty years the marathon has developed into a mass exercise with thousands of Canadians every year taking up the challenge of covering the marathon distance.
Although it is not ideal for young people to complete the distance themselves the "Can your class run a marathon project" will allow young people to connect with the distance and have a better understanding of just how far a marathon is and what a tremendous accomplishment completing one is.
An additional advantage of the "Can your class run a marathon project" is that it will sequence exceptionally well with many schools preparation for the track and field season.
How to organize a "Can your class run a marathon" project run?
One of the great things about the sport of running is the incredibly low barriers to entry. All one really needs is a pair of running shoes. How people implement this project will be as varied as the imagination of the teachers. Many groups we have spoken to are going to have their entire school out to run a loop of their campus at the same time. Others plan to do it during their class' physical education time. Both of these are great means of getting young people out and being active. Measure your loop and figure out how many laps each student has to run to cover the marathon distance. Have your students keep track of how many laps they run and at the end of the run add them up to see if your class has run a marathon.