Kids Work Up A Sweat Before Thanksgiving Feast


Although they didn’t run more than a few miles each, the students of Julia Randall Elementary School ran their tail feathers, or rather their topknots off, in the school’s first ever turkey trot Wednesday.

Although they didn’t run more than a few miles each, the students of Julia Randall Elementary School ran their tail feathers, or rather their topknots off, in the school’s first ever turkey trot Wednesday. Photo by Andy Towle. |

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Although they didn’t run more than a few miles each, the students of Julia Randall Elementary School ran their tail feathers, or rather their topknots off, in the school’s first ever turkey trot Wednesday.

With paper tufted feather hats the students circled the upper loop at Green Valley Park, putting in miles of cuteness.

Asked how far the school ran collectively, fifth-graders Jalyn Howell and Stevie Stockton predicted at least a few thousand miles.

“This is tiring, but fun,” Howell, 10, said, adding it was the longest she had ever ran.

Howell and Stockton had already done six laps each and trotted off to get a few more in before their 45-minute block ended.

Hundreds of other “turkeys” ran or walked the path, getting a check mark on a card each time they finished a quarter-mile loop. Third- and fourth-graders had run earlier in the morning.

Students from Payson Center for Success supervised the poults, keeping them on track and marking off their index cards.

Later, PCS students will add up all the laps and see how far the third- through fifth-graders ran.

Julia Randall Elementary School physical education teacher Donna Moore said the idea for the event came from the just formed Fit Kids Council.

The council, made up of 19 JRE students, decided they wanted to do something fun just before the holidays.

The group’s mission is to improve overall fitness and health habits of students, Moore said. Every month, the council is working to put on some event or program to increase the overall health of the school.

The council is even working with the cafeteria to get more fruits and vegetables on the menu.

PCS teacher Linda Gibson said Wednesday’s turkey trot turned out great with most students putting in a 100 percent effort.

One third-grader ran so hard he sweated through his paper topknot, she said.

Music teacher Juli Davies and fifth-grade teacher Wayne Gorry ran the whole time during the fifth-grade time block and most of the school’s teachers walked or ran as well.

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