Runner Lea Wallace motivates Edward Kemble, Cesar Chavez students

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Students at Edward Kemble and Cesar Chavez schools came together this morning to learn about the importance of fitness from runner Lea Wallace, a former Sacramento State All American who is training for the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

“When I started running, I was just like you,” Wallace told the assembled students. “I was a little girl who would play tag on the blacktop. I wasn’t always this fast. But I wanted to get better every day so I worked hard.”

The assembly and field day was sponsored by the Sacramento Running Association and the California International Marathon. Students participated in a variety of fun activities designed to emphasize the importance of fitness.

Wallace, who competes for the SRA Elite Team, was raised in foster care and was adopted at age 5. She told students to always try to do their best in school and at home.

“I never thought I would be training for the Olympics,” she said. “But if you try your hardest you never know where it can take you.”

Students from both schools have been participating in the SRA’s Training Program. Many of the students will compete in the SRA Kids Spring Track Series held at Luther Burbank High School in early June.

All students at the assembly received a bracelet from the Sacramento Running Association and a goody bag from UC Davis Children’s Hospital.