More than 500 Baucom Elementary School students participated in the annual Baucom Buddies Marathon held last week at the school.
The health initiative, held at the school since 2005, helps fight childhood obesity while promoting a healthy lifestyle.
Students in kindergarten through fifth grade have three months to walk 25 miles and they keep track of their progress in a logbook. Their parents must sign off on each mile.
The students run the final 1.2 miles at school in front of family, friends, schoolmates and teachers. Members of the Apex Fire Department and Apex Police Department hand out medals to every runner at the finish line.
It is not only a commitment to walking but also a lesson in integrity and perseverance.
All participants and their families learn that you must “Do The Work” to achieve the goal. You cannot place the log in a drawer and forget it or, wait till the last week. If they plan together, work together and strive for success together, the reward will be a great sense of pride and one very exciting final race day.
The Baucom Buddies Marathon began in 2005 when Laurie Colwell and Tracy McDonnell, both mothers of students at the school, approached physical education teacher Connie Cronk about starting a wellness initiative.
Cronk has planned and coordinated the event each year.