Running is one of the best aerobic exercises to physically condition your heart and lungs. Studies have shown that corresponding health benefits include: losing weight, increasing stamina, reducing the risk of the common cold or cancer, and curing stress or mild depression.
Additionally, the barriers to entry are relatively low, particularly when compared to many other sports. All you, and elementary students, need is a decent pair of running shoes. There aren’t any gym fees, expensive equipment, or field reservations required. Unlike many other sports available to youth, you don’t need to coordinate with other students or coaches to get a full team roster in order to get your run in for the day.
Of course, it’s certainly helpful to run with a buddy! In fact, running can be a great social activity, an opportunity to develop social awareness, and a chance to create goals and boost confidence. The personal possibilities and rewards are endless.
How we serve our community:
I. Community Racing Events like the Cow Paddy Run, Nutty Runner 5K, and the Fayetteville Firefighters Hero Half Marathon
II. Outreach Programming including Running Clubs and Community Events
III. Giving & Grantmaking in support of Health and Fitness Education in our local schools
We’re passionate about reversing the current health care crisis to create a better life for our children.