First Metea 5K Caps Running, Reading Program

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First Metea 5K Caps Running, Reading Program


Byline: Marie Wilson mwilson@dailyherald.com

A reading and running program at Metea Valley High School in Aurora will culminate this weekend with the school's first 5K race for charity, the Metea LIFE Run.

Fueling the race is the book "" by Olympian Adam Goucher and distance runner Tim Catalano.

The authors presented their message of self-improvement through goal-setting to students during their English periods in April. then embarked on a schoolwide reading initiative, incorporating themes of running, physical fitness and self-evaluation into classes as varied as physical education, health, marketing and career preparation, said Diane Tancredi, language arts department chairwoman.

Teachers passed copies of the book along to students, who could read it and pass it along again as the school rallied for its first charity race since opening in 2009.

At least 200 people -- the majority of them students -- are expected to run the 5K at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 1, on the school's campus, finishing in the football stadium. Community members are invited to for $25 before midnight Thursday, May 30, at active.com.

"I'm really excited that for the first run we have that many participants," Tancredi said. "I'm really excited about the energy and involvement level of the student body -- all the way from reading to taking on the personal challenge of trying the run and others just using the book as a goal-setting model.

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