CLARENVILLE, N.L.— The Power to Hope 5K is quickly approaching, and students at Riverside Elementary are meeting together every Monday to prepare for the May 26 run.
“It’s a progressive program… at the end of the five weeks, the children should be able to run the 5K,” according to Regina Bailey, one of the coaches who meets with the group of roughly 20 students.
The five-week program, spearheaded by the Random Runners club, is in its second year.
Last year, many of the students who attended the afterschool running club also ran in the 5 km run, and coaches this year hope for the same result.
The group, made up of students from kindergarten through to Grade 6, meet at 2:30 p.m. on Mondays to do laps around the school building, with each week becoming progressively more challenging as the running time increases, and the walking time and breaks decrease.
May 21, the Monday before the race, the group hopes to run an entire 5 km.
Students even have homework; to run two more times during the week.
The Power to Hope 5K begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26. Runners and walkers begin at Riverside Elementary and loop back around the harbor.
Participants will help raise funds for Young Adult Cancer Canada (YACC).