Sac City Unified and Sac Running Association Celebrate “STRIDE Olympics”

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The Sacramento City Unified School District and Sacramento Running Association hosted a four day “STRIDE Olympics” events for 6th grade students.

Students from the following SCUSD elementary schools participated: Caleb Greenwood, Cesar Chavez, Crocker/Riverside, Genevieve Didion, Golden Empire, Hollywood Park, H.W. Harkness, Isador Cohen, James Marshall, John Bidwell, John Cabrillo, John Sloat, Leonardo da Vinci, Oak Ridge, O.W. Erlewine, Parkway, Peter Burnett, Pony Express and Sequoia.

The culminating event was held Tuesday, June 4th at Kennedy High School. Local dignitaries in a brief press conference celebrated the running program. Final track and field events were held at four different high schools. 

This is the first year Sacramento City Unified partnered with the Sacramento Running Association for a district-wide “STRIDE Running Program” initiative to expose elementary students to a healthy lifestyle through running.  

“Achieving an equity vision is the driving force behind the creation of this elementary sports program. For so many of our students, the opportunity that is presented may be their first opportunity to participate in an organized sports program. They will learn not only lessons on the field, but more importantly, lifelong lessons.”

Approximately 1,070 6th graders from 19 elementary schools participated in the track & field event finals. Students participated in 100 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 4×100-meter relay, long jump, high jump, hurdles, shot put, discus throw and turbo javelin. The kids also had the opportunity to explore boot camp-style activities courtesy of Sacramento-area gym Fitness Rangers and Kids Unplugged. Participants received school-specific shirts, achievement ribbons and medals.