On May 6 - 8, the American Running Association ( ARA ) aims to do just what Grove City Middle School did on Tuesday May 4th: show our youth and adults that you can break your own perceived barrier of fitness in the mile run. “Roger Bannister accomplished his feat of the first sub-4 minute mile on a cinder track in 1954 and the kids in schools and clubs in the U.S. can break the barriers of being unfit”, commented ARA’s Executive Director Dave Watt.
NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAY ™ events will be taking place in over 20 states this week. Middle schools, elementary schools PE classes and corporate offices will all test their fitness with a mile run on the track. “All events are free; no entry fees will be taken,” added Watt. Some events like the one in Grove City, PA have the added benefit of electronic timing. In the Grove City Middle School event, ARA’s Board Member S. Mark Courtney lives in Grove City and provided his race timing businesses services gratis for the cause. “I totally embrace the goals of RUN A MILE DAY and our need to show children and parents that it is vitally important to get our kids more physically active, said Courtney.
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