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Spartans running for fun and prizes May 2

The Somerset School District will host the first annual “Running of the Spartans” from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 2.

This will be a district-wide event where all K-12 students participate together in a fun run/walk at school. Students will have the option of running or walking a short course (half-mile to one mile) or a longer course, set at two to two-and-a-half miles.

The course will leave the high school track and run off campus into the Meadows Development just northwest of the district campus and then back to the track at the high school.

Students will seek pledges from the community to benefit the Student Health and Wellness Fund; however, students will be encouraged to participate in the event whether or not they receive pledges.

The goals of the event, according to a flier sent to parents, are to have fun and inspire kids to be physically active, regardless of age or athletic ability; and to raise money for the Student Health and Wellness Fund.

Educators are hoping kids will gain a sense of accomplishment by finishing the event, an appreciation of teamwork and a feeling of unity within the district. They are encouraged to do their best, whether it’s running, walking or rolling, at their own pace.

Participants will receive a “Running of the Spartans” T-shirt on the day of the event, plus chances to win a signed football from Green Bay Packers receiver Jordy Nelson, a $50 gift cards to Treadmill Sports, a Spartan-wear gift pack (one girl and one boy pack) and a PowerUp Prize Pack (one boy, one girl).

Students have been following a six-week step-by-step training plan to get ready for the event, which is sponsored by PowerUp, the Stillwater Medical Group and HealthPartners.

District administrator Randy Rosburg said high school healthcare provider Patty Schachtner had a hand in bringing the event to fruition.

“The idea is to support and promote healthy lifestyles to include nutrition and exercise,” Rosburg said.

Sarah Nigbor

Sarah J. Nigbor serves as a regional editor for RiverTown Multimedia, a position she began in April 2017. She joined RiverTown Multimedia in October 2013 as a news reporter for the New Richmond News, before being appointed editor of the Pierce County Herald in Febraury 2015. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Spanish and French in 2001. She completed a minor in journalism in 2004. 

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