Record Turnout for BCBS Get Ready to Run Event

By admin
March 06, 2017


RIDGELAND, Miss. – Following a record year of school participation in Central Mississippi, Get Ready to Run Kids’ One-Mile Fun Run got off and “running” on Saturday, February 18 at Renaissance at Colony Park in Ridgeland. Almost 800 students in grades K-5 hit the pavement for the culminating event of the fourth year of the Get Ready to Run School Program.

The Get Ready to Run (GRTR) program introduces students to the benefits of running, physical fitness and healthy choices through seven lessons which encourage and teach the importance of healthy lifestyles and tips on running. GRTR Lessons and Activities were developed by health and wellness experts at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MS in cooperation with the MS Department of Education.

The top three schools with the highest percentage of participants receive up to $2,000 for their schools’ P.E. programs! Schools are also encouraged to document their participation by preparing a Story Board, and the school with the best health message receives $500 for their school’s P.E. program.

Central Mississippi winning schools include:

  • 1st Place – Davis Magnet Elementary $2,000
  • 2nd Place – Saint Anthony Catholic School $1,500
  • 3rd Place – Camden Elementary School $1,000
  • Story Board Winner – West Lauderdale Elementary School $500

“The Get Ready to Run School Program continues to grow each year because it provides a valuable and fun learning experience for students,” said Sheila Grogan, Vice President, Community and Public Relations with Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “Seeing these children and their excitement on race day demonstrates how this learning experience is extended from the classroom and gives them a fun and rewarding opportunity to not only be active, but also support their schools.”

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