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Over 400 Children Take Part in Cross Country Series
Posted: Friday, September 28, 2007

Over 400 Children Take Part in Cross Country Series


Chattanooga, TN – Over 400 Hamilton County school children participated in a one mile cross country race held on Thursday September 27, 2007 at the Tennessee Riverpark. The race was the fourth and final race in an elementary cross country series that consisted of four one mile races.


The races, the first of which took place on September 6 at the Baylor School, were open to students enrolled in third, fourth, and fifth grades. Each week, an average of more than 130 third graders, 120 fourth graders, and 150 fifth graders participated in the races.


Students from a total of eighteen public and private elementary schools, as well as home schooled children, took part in the series. Schools participating in the cross country series included: Big Ridge, Brainerd Baptist, Bright, Daisy, Dupont, Ganns Middle Valley, Hickory Valley Christian, Lookout Mountain, McConnell, OLPH, Ooltewah, Red Bank, Soddy, St. Jude, St. Nicholas, St. Peters, Thrasher, and Wallace Smith.


The cross country races were co-produced by teachers and coaches from the schools and the Chattanooga Track Club (CTC).


The Chattanooga Track Club first became involved in the cross country meets last year, providing volunteers to support the elementary school teachers and coaches. This year CTC expanded its involvement to include managing and timing the events.


CTC’s involvement in the cross country series is part of a larger effort by the track club to encourage physical activity and fitness among children. Physical activity is an important tool in combating childhood obesity. A recent study by the Trust for America’s Health determined that obesity is on the rise in Tennessee, a state that ranks fourth in the country for obesity among children aged 10 – 17 years.


Other youth programs offered by CTC include the Chickamauga Battlefield Junior Marathon on November 10, 2007 and a series of “kiddie k” races offered throughout the year.


The cross county series was sponsored by PowerAde and Dasani.


Check out the cross country series results.


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