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Lower School Students Trot to a Successful Fitness Challenge

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By Lance Blount, Tartan Trot Chair

Beautiful blue skies and 80 degree temperatures blessed the 2011 Tartan Trot jog-a-thon on April 1. On the Friday before spring break, more than 400 Lower School students took over Gateway Field and proved that Fitness (definitely) isn’t Foolish, which was this year’s theme. Students poured onto the field through the Tartan Tunnel and gave it their all during the annual fundraiser and fitness challenge.

Because of the construction at St. Margaret’s and the temporary Middle School location, Gateway Field was made much smaller than in previous years. Changes for the Tartan Trot were required. With the consulting help of Lower School Physical Education Teacher Jen Cuda, the jogging tracks were made larger to offer students a more inspiring fitness event. Students have worked on their “best effort” this year in other athletic pursuits in their P.E. classes and this encouragement was carried forward into the athletic resolve required of the jog-a-thon.

Before the running began, the grade 5 House League captains led the rest of the students in some challenging stretches. There were three separate running heats which allowed students the opportunity to both cheer on their fellow classmates and the occasion to show off their running skills. “It was a lot of fun,” said Gavin Clarke, grade 5.

At a special Lower School Tartan Trot Chapel service, Upper School cross country runners junior Billy Gaudreau and senior Sarah Paddon shared their athletic experiences at St. Margaret’s and their journey to the state CIF Championships. In all sports, every champion has someone they admire and Sarah and Billy both embody the commitment and sacrifice needed to become great at a particular sport.

The annual PTF fundraiser brought out a large number of Lower School parents and volunteers and raised funds which will go to fund PTF grants.


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