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Northeast Times | November 28, 2021

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KISD: Caprock Gators Train For, Run In Cowtown 5K

KISD: Caprock Gators Train For, Run In Cowtown 5K

Caprock Elementary School launched a Running Club in the Fall of 2018 as a component of the school’s “Leader in Me” Program, and on February 23, the group ran in its first official race – The Cowtown 5K.

The CES Running Club began its inaugural season in August with nearly 40 runners from kindergarten through fourth grade. At the beginning of the school year, the Running Club coaches introduced the goal of running the Cowtown 5K in February. Each Friday, the students came ready to run and have fun, while learning about proper running form, nutrition and exercise.

Shortly before the race weekend, the group learned that Caprock Elementary’s running club members were the recipients of a “free shoe” grant from the Cowtown C.A.L.F. (Children’s Activities for Life and Fitness) program. The C.A.L.F. program was created in 2009 and members from the program visit schools across North Texas, training them in proper running technique as well as educating students about the importance of hydration, proper nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle. In 2018, 4,000 pairs of shoes were donated to student runners across North Texas, many of whom completed their first official race. Due to the generosity of this program, the Caprock runners participated in the Cowtown 5K with brand new shoes.

The Caprock Running Club has been a huge success! Not only have the students learned to maintain a healthier lifestyle, they have also learned that putting Leader in Me habit 7 of “Sharpening the Saw” into practice can be a lot of fun, too!