Annual run energizes children, challenges families


Roguewood Elementary students will take with them many memories of their elementary years, and one that no other students in the Rockford district will share. On Thursday, October 22 the school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders

participated in the annual Roguewood Pumpkin Run, a challenging 2.22-mile course.

One parent, taking on the Pumpkin Run for the second time, said last year’s race inspired her to take up running and so far has helped her lose 10 pounds. “I did it last year and ended up walking most of the course,” she said. “It’s embarrassing to be beat by eight-year-olds.”

pumpkinrunparents“We are the only ones who do this. Every year it gets bigger and the course is longer,” said gym teacher Melanie VanDyke. She is motivated in offering the unusual event to help the kids work on being fit and learn how enjoyable it is to be in shape.

VanDyke said the parents are a big part of the project, and that 26 volunteers are needed for the event. Teachers, staff, the principal, parents and other family members also participated. Everyone enjoyed water and apples after the race, and pumpkins were awarded as prizes to the first five boys and girls in each grade who completed the run.

pumpkinrunphoto“The kids really look forward to doing this,” VanDyke said. “To see the smiles on their faces when they cross the finish line—that’s what makes it all worth it.”

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