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Grundy County, TN
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Grundy County
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October 08, 2015
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Pelham Elementary 5k run

"Pelham 5K began their running adventures Saturday, September 19, with their first 5K run as a team. The running group started at the beginning of the school year and is the first of its kind in Grundy County."

"The Grundy County Health Council, Coordinated School Health, and School Nutrition had funds available from the CDC 1305 grant that provides S10K in innovation dollars every year. With the grant funding, the 5K team plans on participating in several 5K races throughout the year."

"Students in Pelham 5K train three times a week and are encouraged to run even more on their own. There are great opportunities to get moving in and around Pelham with several great parks and the Mountain Goat Trail within miles of the valley. The students have trained hard and are even more excited since they ran their first race. Several students already want to run a half marathon."

"“This program is not just to run, it is to teach students discipline and give them opportunities to learn new ways to develop lifelong skills in order to have optimum health throughout their lives”, stated Tonya Garner, Public Health Educator.

Studies show that increasing physical activity can improve grades – another reason the students needed more opportunities for physical activities."

"If you are interested in starting a 5K club in your school or community, or if you have a 5K event, please contact Tonya Garner at tonya.garner@tn.gov or call at 931-967-3826."

See link to full article below.
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PES Students Compete First 5K
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