Oyler School and Riverview East Academy recently launched new running programs thanks to the generosity of a grant the Saucony Run for Good Foundation. Runner's High, named for the exhilarating feeling produced by running on a regular basis, introduces high school students (grades 9–12) to this habit-forming sport. While reaching running-levels that cause the body to feel awash with accomplishment can take a while, Runners' High is carefully planned so that students experience a sense of accomplishment starting with their first run.
The grant both equips and incentivizes students. Participants receive quality running shoes, as well as personal fitness trackers that keep up with distance, calories, heart rate and more. While the shoes help reduce injuries and increase personal enjoyment, the trackers encourage students to keep setting and meeting personal goals. Ultimately, the program aims to have 80 percent of its participants compete in a local 5K race, to show support for the community, in turn.
Saucony Run for Good Foundation is dedicated to preventing and reducing obesity of young people. They have contributed more than $1 million to steer children away from unhealthy eating and sedentary lifestyles. CPS is grateful for Saucony's support of Runner's High, which affords our students an enjoyable means of physical improvement and a natural source of psychological elation.