Five Alvin ISD Elementary campuses recently participated in the pilot tour of the INEOS GO Run For Fun event. The fun run, which started in Europe and is sponsored by INEOS, is just now spreading to the United States. Alvin ISD is one of the first school districts to host the event, which simply encourages students to get active and have fun while doing so.
E.C. Mason Elementary, Duke Elementary, Alvin Primary, Alvin Elementary and Don Jeter Elementary all hosted GO Run For Fun events at their campuses.
The events, which are backed by U.S. Olympians, consisted of students having the opportunity to get active with their classmates by running around a 1-mile roped off course. They were also able to meet various Olympians. American 1,500 meter champion Bernard Leget was in attendance, at some campuses, as well as 200 meter indoor record holder Wallace Spearmon, who stopped by Jeter.
“This was a great opportunity for our students be active, and have fun doing so,” mentioned Syreeta Presley, E.C. Mason Elementary assistant principal. “We appreciate INEOS for reaching out to us and providing this great service to our students. They had a blast!”
The concept for the GO Run For Fun campaign was developed by Jim Ratcliffe, owner of the global manufacturing company, INEOS, which has a number of facilities in the Houston area. Millions have been donated by the organization to fund the running initiative at schools around the world. The campaign intends to get 100,000 children up and running by 2016, making it the biggest children’s running initiative in the world.
“I’m passionate about getting as many children running as possible as early as possible. The idea is simple – to get children out of the house having fun. If our children can catch the running bug early, they’re more likely to stick to it, and this can only lead to them having more active and healthier lifestyles in the future,” said Ratcliffe.
Dennis Seith, CEO INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA, headquartered in League City, Texas, said: “Healthy, active kids tend to be better engaged, and more successful in school, and I’m very excited about the opportunity to help motivate kids to be more physically active. Being active also teaches the values of teamwork, accountability, fair play, and a drive for doing your best. We are bringing the GO Run For Fun Event to the US to see what reaction it gets. If things go well we will consider whether it becomes a regular feature in our calendar.”
For additional details in regards to all of the great things occurring in Alvin ISD, visit www.alvinisd.net. To learn more about the INEOS GO Run For Fun, visit www.gorunforfun.com.