Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Cool Runnings

When Mrs. B teamed up with the Russell School to form a track team this fall, there was a goal in mind.  The kids would train twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Of course, the most important outcome was that they got exercise.  

Nevertheless, the South Boston Catholic Academy 5K Race was on the calendar as well.  It was scheduled for December 1 and would be the track team's last outing. The race started on Broadway and O Street  in South Boston. Participants, kids and grownups alike, would run all the way to Castle Island and back again.  The goal was that the kids would have trained enough and gotten strong enough to run the 5K. 

For those readers who haven't learned the metric system yet, 5K means five kilometers.  A kilometer is a distance about 5/8s of a mile long.  So how many miles is a 5 kilometer race? You do the math!  Here's the way you set up your calculations, just change the 35 to 5, then start multiplying and dividing for the answer.

The bad news? December 1st was freezing!  It was the first snow of the season.  The good news?  Running is a great way to get warm.

Here are some of our Perkins contestants getting ready to start: Azyeriah, Chelsea, and Andrea.  Ms. MacKinnon, who worked with the team all season, had her number on too.

And they were off!  And running.  Castle Island looked pretty good--pant, pant, pant.  Only the halfway mark, however.  Pant, pant, pant!

Here's Chelsea nearing the finish line...

and crossing it, with her time on display.

Ms. MacKinnon ran in the wrap-up position, staying behind our runners to urge them on.

What a great finish to our first season.  Something to think about for next spring!