By Ava Cauda, Warwick Middle School Sixth Grader
Before I entered the Mileage Club at the Warwick Valley Middle School I really only ran in Physical Education class (P.E.), but now I have a passion for running. I run all the time now, but Mileage Club is not all about running, it is for walking too!
Now, running and walking may sound boring at first but the best part is doing it with your friends! I have had the best time running and walking with my friends. We challenge each other to push ourselves to our limits. We have lots of fun doing so.
In Mileage Club, kids from fifth through eighth grades have rocketed past their goal. In fact Samara Beauregard and Erin Kelly, both fifth grade students, finished at the top of all the girls in their grade with 40 laps. Also completing a whopping 40 laps are top fifth grade boy Jake Tanner and top sixth grade girl Olivia Martino. The top sixth grade boy Aiden Corbalis finished with 39.5 laps.
In the fall and spring kids in fifth grade to eighth grade can participate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. From dismissal until an hour later, kids get to have the best of fun with their friends. The Mileage Club really changed my perspective on running. I love it!
Now this isn’t any club. This club isn’t only for the people that love running. This club was created to share with others how fun running can be. Running isn’t just a warm up you do in P.E class, it’s a lifelong sport. Sometimes you will see events like the “Friday Night Lights Half Mile Run” that took place in October. Participating in this event with my friends was a challenge, yes, but definitely worth it, as I added two laps to my card.
Now you may be wondering what I meant by “I added two laps to my card.” Well, at Mileage Club we keep track of how many laps we complete, on cards. Each card holds eight laps (two miles). Once we finish a card we earn a necklace with a purple or gold foot charm. Every time we complete two more miles, we earn more feet for our necklaces. The completed cards get taped to the “Card Wall” in the cafeteria where members can see where they stand among and against the other runners. In fact 265 cards were completed in the most recent fall season.
This season 94 participants completed 2,320 laps, and 580 miles. All I can think about is how far all of us have run in Mileage Club. Congratulations to all of the runners on finishing a fantastic season! Mileage Club will start back up in the spring, when the warmer weather returns.