Twice a week for 45 minutes each session, 215 and school students voluntarily hit the track.
The students, all members of the Dacula Running Club, are preparing for the upcoming Peachtree Junior Road Race. Since the beginning of March, the young runners in grades 1-5 have been hard at work training for the big event.
“The students have done a tremendous job,” said Dacula Elementary School teacher and club coach Bob Tucker.
Though some of the students are returning runners, others are new to the sport.
“They do it because a lot of their friends are doing it,” he said.
Regardless of the reason, the children reap numerous benefits.
“We talk to them about how important fitness is. We talk about eating properly and having a healthy body,” Tucker said.
Each day the club meets, the students complete a two-mile run -- the same distance the young runners will cover next month in the Peachtree Junior Road Race. Tucker said he and the other teachers and parent volunteers help keep the student athletes motivated.
“We get them trained,” he said. “We get them pumped up to do what is required for the day.”
The Peachtree Junior is open to runners ages 7 to 12 and will take place in Piedmont Park in downtown Atlanta on Saturday, May 14. Race registration will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on May 10. To register, click here.